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Along with the daily feature articles from our columnists, read works from our past contributors in the categories of prose, poetry and visual art, alongside interviews and other musings.


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.