Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Born: July 12, 1904

Died: September 23, 1973

Nationality: Chilean

Occupation: Writer, poet, diplomat

Biography: Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He chose his pen name after Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "Pablo Neruda" (Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2008) by Adam Feinstein, p. 229, "A year of blind rats - Neruda in hiding (1948-49)"
Source/Notes: In Spanish: "Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos" - Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems (Penguin, 1975), p. 29

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Source/Notes: Selected Poems (1990 edition), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - ISBN: 9780395544181

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Source/Notes: Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair Poem 14 5 (1924) (translated by W. S. Merwin)