By Pablo Neruda
To write easily of straightforward issues was once a role the poet undertook consciously, following his reviews within the Spanish Civil struggle, the "social conversion" that resulted from a trip to Macchu Picchu, and the writing of his epic Canto general (California, forthcoming). The odes are prepared in short, sinuous strains that circulate down the web page and fasten the poet to the animal, mineral, and vegetable international, to humans and gadgets, and to the panorama of heritage. "Chile," Neruda as soon as acknowledged in connection with the paintings of sixteenth-century poet Alonso de Ercilla, "was invented via a poet." In accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, he declared that "We [writers from the great expanse of the USA] are known as upon to fill with phrases the confines of a mute continent, and we develop into under the influence of alcohol with the duty of telling and naming." The odes mirror what Neruda observed as either a duty and a privilege—the naming and defining of his world.
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