03 June 2009

Pablo Neruda

Dash over to Tash McGill's blog and read more of Pablo Neruda's poetry, Ode to Criticism.

Just like with a good painting, the experience is different for each reader.

Did the author have intention, a notion of meaning? For good poetry to hold together, we'd have to say, yes, but that doesn't mean the poet does it all for us.

Tash writes of taking Neruda's poetry to a coffee shop and then of introspection and inspiration.

Do you read poetry? When? Whose?

“The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.” PN

“A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.”PN

To go a little further with Neruda read,
The Essential Neruda / ed. Mark Eisner, intro by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights), 2004

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