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All the Odes: A Bilingual Edition

Pablo Neruda. Ilan Stavans, ed.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780374115289
Pages/Publication Date 861/2012
Daedalus Item Code 38930
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In his late 40s, Pablo Neruda dedicated himself to penning an ode every week. A Nobel Prize winner, and widely regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century (Gabriel García Marquez once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language"), the Chilean poet was a master of the ode, and used the form to celebrate everything around him, from an artichoke to his eyesight, from the bed to his friendship with Federico Garcia Lorca. This bilingual volume, edited by Ilan Stavans (also the editor of The Poetry of Pablo Neruda) gathers all 225 of Neruda's odes together for the first time, with translations by W.S. Merwin, Stephen Mitchell, Philip Levine, Paul Muldoon, Mark Strand, Margaret Sayers Peden, and a dozen others.

"There is no poetic work in the Spanish language as exuberant and multifarious as that of Neruda, a poetry that has touched so many different worlds and irrigated such diverse vocations and talents.... Neruda's work will endure and continue to bewitch future generations of readers the way it has bewitched ours."—Mario Vargas Llosa

"The ode, a form with origins in Greek choral poetry, was revived in Elizabethan lyric poetry. Since then, its emphasis has been shifted to rhetorical apostrophization expounding on the nature of things and ideas. Perhaps no modern poet is so practiced a composer of odes as Neruda, who vowed to pen one a week. This enormous collection features a wide range of his best imagery (the verdant texture of corn's green hair, green needles of rain), odes that express his discomfiting sympathy for Stalinist politics, and many that are focused on men and insemination and that turn attention back to the poet with a wink. The greatest draw of this bilingual edition is editor Stavans' decision to present the whole Chilean enchilada, as it were ... and 70 poems have been translated for the first time into English. A substantial gathering of universally influential work."—Booklist

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