Pablo Neruda

1904-1973
Chile

    Pablo Neruda's father got him into literature and writing, but other people encourage him to writing even the novel prize winner, Gabriela Mistral. On July 18, 1917 at age thirteen, he published an essay named Enthusiasm and Perseverance. Starting his career. In 1921 at age sixteen, he went to Chile to learn French, at the university of Chile expecting to become a teacher.  

Pablo Neruda then started writing poetry and dedicated his time to writing it. He wrote in different languages, he liked writing with a green ink pen because it was his color of hope. He wrote in different styles. in 1971 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Sample Poem

‘March days return with their covert light’

March days return with their covert light,
and huge fish swim through the sky,
vague earthly vapours progress in secret,
things slip to silence one by one.
Through fortuity, at this crisis of errant skies,
you reunite the lives of the sea to that of fire,
grey lurchings of the ship of winter
to the form that love carved in the guitar.
O love, O rose soaked by mermaids and spume,
dancing flame that climbs the invisible stairway,
to waken the blood in insomnia’s labyrinth,
so that the waves can complete themselves in the sky,
the sea forget its cargoes and rages,
and the world fall into darkness’s nets.

BY PABLO NERUDA

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