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Kindle Your Love For Poetry — Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair

If you asked me to write a poem on love and intimacy, I would start with the Multiverse Theory describing every twist in a mesh of idioms and metaphors, in a way that is more euphoric than understandable. There might be some instances where my reader won’t be able to untangle the melancholy of my metaphors.

But, this might seem to be a very delusional statement if an individual were to portray the works of Pablo Neruda. When it comes to describing a spectacle in a lucid yet winsome way, Neruda is straight up a genius.


When an individual reads there are namely many factors that make a piece decipherable. The ideas which cannot be vocalized should be expressed with good imagery, a proper mood, and tone, good paraphrasing, and words that could be easily deciphered by the reader.

“...new-moon line of your waist: in love you have loosened yourself like seawater: I can scarcely measure the sky’s most spacious eyes and I lean down to your mouth to kiss the earth.“

This is an excerpt from the poem In You the Earth by Neruda. Even if one does not read the title, one can easily infer that it is a poem about love, and the nature around us has been personified in the same.


In his poem Everyday You Play, Neruda writes one of the most iconic lines of all time,

“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”

The line is quite easy to understand on its own, but at the same time it adheres to deep meaning; his words here imply a sparking sensuality and fertility which he hid behind ‘cherry’ and ‘blossoms.‘

Paperback of Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair

Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair, written in both Spanish and English by Pablo Neruda, remains one of his most noticeable and cherished works till date.

In Neruda's poetry, he uses his talent for rigorous personification and speaks as a seer, since he uses the first person, that is, "I...", to give the reader the impression that the poem has come to life and is seeking them.

Pablo Neruda's love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize victor's oeuvre, charming readers with terrestrial images and delighting in a searing reconsideration of the world. Love Poems accepts the seascapes encompassing the poet and his love Matilde Urrutia, their waves and sands soaked with each other, longing sensuality. It is for the most part composed on the island of Capri (the untainted setting of the Oscar winning film, II Postino).

Open Leaf of the book Twenty Love Poems: And A Song Of Despair
“No writer of world renown is perhaps as little known to North Americans as Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.“

Selden Rodman The New York Times

Illustration by Radhika Ravindran Artworks

Neruda is a writer who is very well remembered for his love poems. So, if you are a fresh reader or someone who has never considered reading as their thing before, Pablo Neruda has compiled a collection of his love poems to make you fall in love with the joy of reading.


You can always write to express, but can you write to conceal? An engineering student who finds her passion in writing, Mitushi is an engineering student who also finds her interest in sketching, painting and public speaking. You can find her on Instagram.

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