Pablo Neruda: Poems Background

Pablo Neruda: Poems Background

Pablo Neruda is known for writing in eclectic styles like political manifestos and prose autobiography. One of his most celebrated works is Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924). These poems set the stage for his later achievements, and his international reputation: in 1971, we won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Neruda is also known for writing in green ink, which to him symbolizes desire and hope. He was often considered the greatest modern poet to have penned down his emotions in Spanish. However, what is intriguing about his works is the ambivalence that it comes with even for those who appreciate its techniques. Readers often find it hard to truly enjoy his poetry due to his communistic stances.

It is also because of his candor in Veinte poemas that Neruda earned a reputation for his explicit expression of sexuality. Residencia en la tierra is another work that is considered very idiosyncratic of Neruda and is a reminder to his readers of his powerful poetry. His works, in all these aspects, are seminal in the legacy of the Latin American literary tradition.

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