Selected Odes

Selected Odes The atom a tuna laziness love the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda s odes Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote three books of odes during his

  • Title: Selected Odes
  • Author: Pablo Neruda Margaret Sayers Peden
  • ISBN: 9780520227088
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • The atom, a tuna, laziness, love the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda s odes Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote three books of odes during his lifetime Odas elementales was published in 1954, followed in subsequent years by Nuevas odas elementales and Tercer libro de las odas Margaret Sayers Peden s selection ofThe atom, a tuna, laziness, love the everyday elements and essences of human experience glow in the translucent language of Neruda s odes Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote three books of odes during his lifetime Odas elementales was published in 1954, followed in subsequent years by Nuevas odas elementales and Tercer libro de las odas Margaret Sayers Peden s selection of odes from all three volumes, printed with the Spanish originals on facing pages, is by far the most extensive yet to appear in English She vividly conveys the poet s vision of the realities of day to day life in her trans lations, while her brief introduction describes the genesis of the poems.

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    1. If snow fallsupon two heads,the heart is sweetthe house is warm.If not,in the storm, the windasks:where is the woman you loved?and nipping at your heelswill press you to seek her.Half a woman is one womanand one man is half a man.Each lives in half a house,each sleeps in half a bed.

    2. I've read Neruda before, but I must not have been ready for him since his poems never grabbed me before. These odes, though, were a revelation in their ecstatic celebration of the everyday. Nice to know I've caught up with the rest of the world in loving Neruda.

    3. I read this for the Read Harder challenge - and I'm glad that they included a challenge to read a book of poetry! It was fun to branch out beyond novels and Pablo Neruda's writing is beautiful. A few of my favorite odes were: Artichoke, My Suit, Cranium, Tomato, Laboratory Technician & Dictionary.

    4. I bought this book for your birthday, Sarah and then I started reading it and then I read it so much it looked used so.I did see a biography of Pamela lee Anderson you might enjoy, I understand it's a "must read" and your bday is still a ways out. I'm sure you'll be pleased either way.The only thing about this book (Neruda not Anderson) that I don't love is the format: Spanish on the left and English on the right. I understand the intent but everytime I turn the page, it breaks a little because [...]

    5. Frankly, these poems should come off as completely trite. I mean, they're these long, rambling, effusive poems glowing with delight -- the kind of romantic stuff that should make a reader want to gag. And yet Neruda has such a gift for the ode -- his delight feels genuine, sincere, and somehow rigorous. In his "Ode to the Seagull" for example, he waxes rhapsodic for a while about the lightness of the bird and then acknowledges that the story doesn't end there -- that the seagull is also a greedy [...]

    6. Textured personification, the friendly snaking down of words for easy breathing; a little humor, a little tragedy, a little love. "Poetry is an act of peace." "Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread." Neruda guides us to thinking about the ordinary differently. Ode to the Thread gives us the imperative to transmit the lightening of poetry -- "revived by the light of each new day."

    7. This is a book that I have bought, given away, boughtis is one title I insist on having my own copy of at all times. Such a lovely book filled with Neruda's loving, loving observations of the natural world. Ode to Time is likely my favorite. I am indebted to Mata for years ago giving me a copy of Neruda's Ode to an Artichoke, which introduced me to the miracle that is Neruda.

    8. No one glorifies the rooster like Neruda Those who know him, need no explanation. Pablo Neruda takes a seemingly banal subject and creates a fantastic and extraordinarily enthralling little world for it through the skill of breathtakingly beautiful language and totally unique imagery.

    9. I wish that I could write with such descriptive beauty as Pablo Neruda. He is my favorite poet for his choice of words and the visual feast that they provide. I like the fact that these are presented in his original spanish with the english translation on the facing page.

    10. My favorite book of Neruda, and I love the translation, too. The odes are so simple but yet they are so visual I see a short move in each one. Ode to the Artichoke is one of my favorites.

    11. My new favorite poet - from his timing to wording to subject to the visual appeal of space and letters. Loved it!

    12. Este es el hilode la poesía.Los hechos como ovejasvan cargados de lunanegra o blanca.Oda al hiloI love Neruda's odes. I'll leave it at that. :)

    13. These poems tended to be longer than his usual poems. I was so impressed with the odes to such things as socks, the dictionary, seaweed, etc. My favrite odes were to Salt, Lemon and The Tomatoe.

    14. How to distill an exaltation: for each line, maybe one, two or three wordstapping on the reader's breathpoints of light, a code in the night sky.

    15. There's too much beauty in these odes to even deal with. And Margaret Sayers Peden is my favorite translator of Neruda.

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