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.
Praise For Love Poems…
— Library Journal
One of the greatest major poets of the twentieth century.
— The New York Times Book Review
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 New Yorker
The greatest poet of the twentieth century—in any language.
— Gabriel García Márquez
New Directions, 9780811217293, 64pp.
Publication Date: January 17, 2008