Pablo Neruda is the most famous Chilean poet of all time. Nobel Prize in Literature 1971. Doctor Honoris Causa of the Oxford University. Senator, Communist, peaceful activist, politician, consul general of Chile in Spain, China, Ceylon, and Burma, Ambassador of Chile in Paris. Exiled in Mexico and Italy. Poet and incessant traveler.
(*) Back to Patagonia where the wind hits the stables and the ice splashes the Ocean. From the poem “Que despierte el leñador.”
(*) I leave now, in this day full of volcanoes towards the crowd, towards life. From the poem “Voy a vivir.”
(*) Your hands will touch the stone until shape it. Giving the lonely energy to subsist. From the poem “Constructores de estatuas.”
From the book Los versos del capitán we have chosen one poem. This book was written during a trip through Italy and France, along with her lover Matilde Urrutia. This was published for the first time, anonymously in Italy in 1952. It is the most spontaneous and diaphanous of his work. It sings an exquisite joy of living:
(*) I wait for you in the harsh desert. Everywhere where there is life, where spring is born, my love, I wait for you. From the poem “La carta en el camino”.
And from the book Residencia en la tierra published in 1933, we’ve chose the last poem. In this book Neruda enters surrealist techniques, resulting in a more hermetic and metaphysical language:
(*) I’m looking, listening, with half of the soul in the sea and half of the soul on earth, and with the two halves of my soul I look at the world. From the poem “Agua sexual”.
La Sebastiana is the house located in the port of Valparaíso, in the mount Florida. It stands out for the beauty of its construction and its magnificent views over the Bay.
This house is full of interesting corners, objects, and pictures. Collections of dishes with hot air balloons, maps, stained glass, a stuffed bird brought from Venezuela, a splendid bowl of Italian in the shape of a cow, which was used for the strikeouts. In addition to large windows and skylights overlooking the ocean. Today it is a museum dedicated to the poet.