The Essential Neruda

The Essential Neruda
Selected Poems
Introduction by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Edited and translated by Mark Eisner
Translated by John Felstiner, Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Jack Hirschman, Stephen Kessler, Stephen Mitchell, Alastair Reid




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"Today is the anniversary of Pablo Neruda's death in 1973. In homage, I'm posting this poem, 'Ode with a Lament.' Written in the early thirties in Spain, it probably alludes to Neruda’s daughter Malva who was born with hydrocephaly and Down’s syndrome. I find the last stanza particularly moving in its depiction of the emotionally vulnerable girl killing ants and crying, her abecedary on fire because she will never learn to read."
-Forrest Gander, Poetry Foundation Sep 23, 2008