Pablo Neruda: All the Odes


We’re entranced by Pablo Neruda’s life and have written about his homes, his personal life, and his poetry. His odes are tiny little dedications to the world and objects around him, sometimes overflowing with lush language and sometimes appropriately sparse––always reminders to be present, to be aware, and to revel in the details, be they joyful or melancholy.


Pablo Neruda was a master of the ode, which he conceived as an homage to just about everything that surrounded him—from an artichoke to the clouds in the sky, from the moon to his own friendship with Federico García Lorca, from the seasons to his favorite places in Chile. He was in his late forties when he committed himself to writing an ode a week and in the end produced a total of 225, which are dispersed throughout his varied oeuvre. This bilingual volume, edited by Ilan Stavans, the distinguished translator and scholar of Latin American literature, gathers all the odes together for the first time in any language.

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