Pablo Neruda's 'Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada' is one of his most famous pieces (Twenty Love Poems and a Desperate Song). The poem in question, 'Tonight I Can Write the Saddest Lines,' is included in this anthology of poems. It was first published in 1924.
Neruda was a Chilean poet who became very popular in his country and all over the world. He was known for his sensuous love poems which often included references to political turmoil in Chile at the time.
In addition to writing poetry, Pablo Neruda was also a journalist and a diplomat. He traveled a lot and lived in different countries including Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland and Venezuela. He died in 1973 at the age of 69 after suffering from cancer for several years.
Some people may know him only for his work as a poet but many more will remember him for his efforts to promote peace between Chile and its former enemy Peru. In order to do that, he made several trips back and forth between both countries and even though he never married or had children he was always willing to adopt Spanish children from Chile and Peru so they could have a family member go through life ahead of them.
After reading some of Pablo Neruda's poems you will see that he has a very personal style that draws on his own experiences. However, he also has friends of various ages and from different places who help him express their feelings.
Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poetry and a Song of Despair (Spanish: Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada) is a collection of love poems first published in 1924 by Editorial Nascimento of Santiago, when Neruda was 19 years old. The book was an immediate success and has been cited as one of the main influences on the neo-barbarian movement.
Love poems 1 through 12 were originally published in the literary magazine La Opinión in 1923. Love poems 13 through 24 were added to the edition published by Editorial Nascimento in 1924. The last three poems were later removed from all English-language editions of Neruda's work.
The book is composed of twenty-one sonnets divided into three parts of seven sonnets each. The title poem is considered by many to be one of the most important documents of 20th-century poetry. It was quoted by Allen Ginsberg upon the publication of his epic poem Howl and other writers including Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Neruda died at age 38 after a long struggle with cancer. He had two children with his wife Vicenta Huidobro. She died in 1975 after which time Neruda married again the same year to Matilde Urrutia. He had more marriages before he died in 1973.
"Tonight I Can Write" was published in 1924 in Pablo Neruda's poetry book, Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada, and was translated into English by Merwin in 1969 as Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. It is considered one of the masterpieces of modern love poetry.
Neruda wrote this poem after the death of his first wife, Olga, who died during childbirth. This inspired him to write about love and loss in general and the women he loved in particular. He included all these women in his life story which starts with "Carmela" and ends with "Malena".
This poem is composed of twenty stanzas of three lines each. The first thirteen lines are addressed to a young woman named Carmen. The last seven lines are about another woman named Malena. In the third line of every stanza, Neruda calls her "My love" or "My darling".