Love Poems (Paperback)

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By Pablo Neruda, Donald D. Walsh (Translated by)
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In my opinion, Pablo Neruda composes the most beautiful love poems. As a Chilean poet, Neruda’s poems are all written in Spanish, but the English translation is equally as striking. Utilizing a variety of metaphors involving nature – flowers, astronomy, water forms, seasons – this selection of Neruda’s poetry evokes a sense of true, passionate love.

Some of my favorite poems include “Always” (page 33) and “If you Forget me” (page 39). This is a short read you can pick up and go back to, and a perfect gift with which to surprise your significant other.

-Recommended by Victoria

— From April 2016 Staff Picks

Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda writes so beautifully. The poems in this book are powerful, moving and inspiring.  I have always found his poetry to be amazing. His passion and sensuality are apparent in both Spanish and in the lovely English translation. 

Absence is one of my favorites.


— From Felicitous February Staff Picks


Sensual, earthy love poems that formed the basis for the popular movie Il Postino, now in a beautiful gift book perfect for weddings, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, or just to say "I love you!"

Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda’s love poems caused a scandal when published anonymously in 1952. In later editions, these verses became the most celebrated of the Noble Prize winner’s oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images that reveal in gentle lingering lines an erotic re-imagining of the world through the prism of a lover’s body: "today our bodies became vast, they grew to the edge of the world / and rolled melting / into a single drop / of wax or meteor...." Written on the paradisal island of Capri, where Neruda "took refuge" in the arms of his lover Matilde Urrutia, Love Poems embraces the seascapes around them, saturating the images of endless shores and waves with a new, yearning eroticism. This wonderful book collects Neruda’s most passionate verses.


About the Author

Pablo Neruda was born in 1904 in the town of Parral in Chile. He received numerous prestigious awards for his work, including the International Peace Prize in 1950, the Lenin Peace Prize and the Stalin Peace Prize in 1953. In 1971, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Two years later he died of leukemia in Santiago, Chile.

Praise For…

It is difficult to find an analogue for the sustained passion and gentleness communicated in this absolutely stunning apotheosis of the poetry of sexual love.

One of the greatest major poets of the twentieth century.

It is hard not to be swept away by the urgency of his language, and that’s especially so when he seems swept away.

The greatest poet of the twentieth century—in any language.
— Gabriel García Márquez
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811217293
ISBN-10: 0811217299
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: January 17th, 2008
Pages: 64
Language: English