El jardín del invierno

El jardín del invierno A brief suite of poems from the incomparable Neruda perhaps the greatest Spanish language poet of the twentieth century sharing a theme of the regenerative powers of nature upon the burdens of the soul Spectral loves and the ghosts of pain and loss that haunt us lurk in the misty visions conjured forth from the Chilean s lyrical pen I am keeping the name of a womanI barely knew locked up it s in a box,and now and then I pick out the syllablesthat are rusted and creak like rickety pianos soon those trees come out, and then the rain,the jasmine, the long victorious braidsof a woman now without a body, lost,drowned in time as in a slow lake there her eyes went out like coals.Nevertheless, there is in dissolutionthe sweet scent of death, buried arteries,or simply a life among other lives.It smells good to turn our faceonly in the direction of purity to feel the pulse of the raining skyof our diminished youth to twirl a ring in the emptiness,to cry out to heaven.I regret not having time for my lives,even for the slightest thing, the souvenir left in a compartmentof a train, in a bedroom or at the brewery,like an umbrella left there in the rain perhaps these are the imperceptible lipsthat speak like the cadence of the suddensea, in a careless moment on the road.For that reason, Irene or Rose, Mary or Leonore,empty boxes, dry flowers pressed in a book,they call out from their lonely cornersand we need to open them, to hear the one without a voice,to see those things that do not exist. Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda Explored Many Schools Of Thought, Poetic Styles, And Voices, But His Passion Lay In Finding And Improvising Upon Basic Rhythms Of Perception To Reveal Unspoken And Unspeakable Truths Copper Canyon Press Has Published Seven Volumes Of Neruda S Poetry Six Volumes Were Translated By William O Daly And One Volume Of Poems Was Translated By James Nolan A Devastating Sequence Of Poemstranslated Into A Beautiful, Hypnotic English Bloomsbury Review Here, As In Much Of Neruda S Poetry, The Personal And Political Collide, Driven By His Overriding Concern How Does One Person A Writer Change The World His Poems Always Plumb The Unfathomable Ambiguities Of Life, Surfacing, Finally, With A Kind Of Balanced Appreciation For The Knowable As Well As The Mysterious Library Journal Other Titles By Pablo Neruda Available From Consortium The Book Of Questions Copper Canyon Press , PB HCCeremonial Songs Latin American Literary Review Press , PBNeruda At Isla Negra White Pine Press , PBNeruda S Garden Latin American Literary Review Press , PBThe Sea And The Bells Copper Canyon Press , PBThe Separate Rose Copper Canyon Press , PBStill Another Day Copper Canyon Press , PBStones Of The Sky Copper Canyon Press , PB HCWindows That Open Inward White Pine Press ,X PBYellow Heart, Copper Canyon Press , PB . . I am no stranger to reading poems 1 , and this is the second book of the poet s that I have read This particular book was posthumously published from a written manuscript of the poet s after he died of cancer as his nation s leftist government was soon to be overthrown Given that the poet was Chile s ambassador to France at the time, and was in exile from his beloved Isla Negra, this book is taken as a book that expresses a feeling of exile and silence and an awareness of his approaching death It is therefore an instructive case of what a poet thinks about and reflects about as the time of his end rapidly approaches Most writers can be expected to show their natures in the face of death, and this book has a feeling of late autumn and approaching winter that shows the author bravely facing his death and demise, if without as much hope as one would expect There is a genuine sense of beauty and melancholy with these works, and that makes this a decent book of poetry to read, despite the gulf that separates the worldview of the author and I on a great many subjects.This particular book is a short one written as a diglot with the poet s native Chilean Spanish on the left and the English translation on the right Overall there are twenty poems that take up about 70 pages or so As might be expected for a poet who felt most at home on a quiet and somewhat remote island, a great deal of this poem reflects on nature the ocean, birch trees, a beloved but dead dog that is dealt with strikingly unsentimentally, as well as images of forests and the titular winter garden Even when the author talks about something as joyful as homecoming he strikes a mournful tone I am a man of so many homecomings that form a cluster of betrayals and again, I leave on a frightening voyage in which I travel and never arrive anywhere my single journey is a homecoming 41 These are not happy poems, and the author appears to write them without any sort of hope in an afterlife or a better life afterwards He even seems to anticipate that his death will be a time of eating because of the various organisms that will feed off of his decaying body It is an altogether gloomy and dark collection of works.Of course, Pablo Neruda being who he is, he could not resist a few political comments that detract from the quality of this work because they remind the reader that the poet has an uncongenial political worldview, as when he speaks about Nixon and shows his spleen One wonders whether the poet, and those who publish and market his works, are aware that not everyone is friendly to the leftist viewpoint of the author and who find the poet s stridency off putting Perhaps people are used to being in an echo chamber where they do not have to face the withering criticism of those who have different views of the world and for whom a poet like this can be enjoyed and appreciated only with a sense of caution and wariness because of the awareness that the poetical and the political are never too far apart when it comes to many writers, myself included As this writer is one whose political viewpoint is unworthy of a great deal of respect or praise, and as he appears to have no faith in resurrection or a better world to come, this book is a gloomy example of the poetry of those who write without hope 1 See, for example 213 40

Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftal Ricardo Reyes Basoalto Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a practical occupation Neruda s pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda Pablo is thought to be fro

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  • Paperback
  • 67 pages
  • El jardín del invierno
  • Pablo Neruda
  • English
  • 04 November 2019
  • 9780914742937

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