6 books by Pablo Neruda to understand everything about sex, love and death

His books are a guide to understand several of the most secret feelings that surround the human soul.
He preferred bohemian life full of wine, women and poetry instead of becoming a stable and promising reality through the help of his family. His father, who sent him money every month to pay for his studies at the Pedagogical Institute, withdrew all his support when he learned that his son, Ricardo Eliécer Naftalí Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda's real name, did not attend classes. What interested him was to learn the essence of existence not in a classroom, but in the real world and through the pen with which he composed verses.
 
He had to sell his few belongings, including a watch given by his father, to pay the impression of a book of poems that would show the world the mastermind of one of the greatest poets of Chile and the rest of the planet. As he urgently needed money and new life experiences, he accepted a job as a consul in a city he did not even know, Rangoon, located in India, but whose strange name he liked to go and live there.
 
All this reflects the character of a man who wrote and lived in the way he wanted, sometimes committing questionable acts, leading him to become the winner of the Nobel Prize in 1971, due to a poetry that exudes sensuality, lucidity and an ability to interpret the most confused feelings of hearts that are in love or tormented. His books are a guide to understand several of the most secret feelings that surround the human soul, that's why we invite you to know and devour them with the avidity with which you enjoy the body of your beloved ...
 
 
 

Crepusculario (1923)

 
At age 19, after obtaining several loans to pay for a self-publishing, Neruda made his literary debut with this collection of poems. Among its pages is the famous "Farewell", one of the most memorable texts of its author. As is normal, over the years, the erotic and explosive poetry of Neruda would evolve to such a degree that the same writer would come to deny the literary quality of the Crepusculario poems.
 
It is true that there is a big jump between the quality of this book and Neruda's major works, but it is essential that you read it so that you can get the sexual fervor of its author. It also contains valuable lessons on how to approach a woman to which a man has been totally hooked at first sight.
 
 
 

Twenty love poems and a desperate song (1924)

 

The most popular book of the Chilean and a manifesto of what poetry is in its state of maximum splendor. It is one of the collections of poems more intense and perfect that can be read, from its already distant publication, since each piece betrays a poet enchanted with life, sex and love. They are not corny writings, but highly sensual, vivid, and they reach both the younger heart and those who know everything about love and eroticism.
 
Neruda at the age of 19 was undressed in this book of poems and taught us that letters work miracles. Even in these times is one of the books that most often circulates among readers of a few years and those who already have a long literary career. Twenty love poems and a desperate song is a work that reinvents itself over the years and whose original strength remains intact. When reading it, they want to prolong life to continue enjoying the beloved body and a collection of charming poems.
 
 
 

Attempt of the infinite man (1926)

 
The success of Twenty love poems and a desperate song came two years later as an answer to this work where the fervent youthful language mutates to a much better worked poetry, which does not lose its freshness or ability to engage with all kinds of readers. «I started the biggest way out of myself: the creation, wanting to illuminate the words», said Neruda when he was questioned about his new publication that ended up winning the admiration of the critics and of a significant number of readers that made it his head poet.
 
Tentative of the infinite man reflects the surrealist character of the Nobel Prize in a series of poems that even become unintelligible, as if the orgasm of Twenty love poems and a desperate song became deep meditation on the flesh, women, life, death and the strange space between each of those elements.
 
Tentative of the infinite man reflects the surrealist character of the Nobel Prize in a series of poems that even become unintelligible, as if the orgasm of Twenty love poems and a desperate song became deep meditation on the flesh, women, life, death and the strange space between each of those elements.
 
 
 

General song (1950)

 
15 songs, 231 poems and more than 15 thousand verses compose the most risky work of its author. Neruda took thirteen years to complete what is considered the greatest poetic epic on Latin America. Canto general is a dense book, ideal to read when you already have a knowledge of the rest of the work of its author, although of course it is not necessary that it be so. It is also convenient to study a bit of general history of Latin America to understand the context of each of the songs, which review several of the main events of the continent.
 
In addition to the dense and perfect writing of Neruda, the original edition contains illustrations made by Mexican artists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Unlike the other works of the author born in Chile, which have a more romantic and sentimental tinge, in Canto general the poet works more as a kind of chronicler who defends the identity of the Latino and his struggle against political oppression.
 
 
 

Elemental Odes (1954)

 
In the pages of this magical book, Neruda pays tribute to the simplest, most ordinary and simplest of life: the objects that accompany us as shadows, the woman and the man we meet every day and who still remain as complete strangers, the aroma of certain foods or the streets that contemplate our walk towards the unknown.
 
But above all, what is found in this monumental work is the love towards love itself, the passion to love and be loved, the strategy for life to smile despite adversity. Neruda, completely master of himself and poetic art, gives a chair about how the most elementary is also at the service of poetry to create something big of the minuscule.
 

I confess that I have lived (1974)

 

It was the book he wrote shortly before his death, as if he already knew what was coming and had the need to say that he did live. Go that this Chilean poet did, and in a big way: not only was the author of several of the most famous poems in the history of world literature, but his life is full of anecdotes that teach us that life is something more than eat, breathe, work and sleep.
 
As he himself wrote: «These memories or memories are intermittent and at times forgetful because that is precisely what life is. The intermittence of sleep allows us to sustain the days of work. Many of my memories have faded to evoke them, have become dust like a glass hopelessly hurt ». It is one of the most outstanding autobiographies of a writer that can be read in Spanish.
 
 
 
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