The Poet, The Diplomat, The Figure, Pablo Neruda

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THE POET, THE DIPLOMAT, THE FIGURE

PABLO NERUDA

Does the poet develop the poetry or the poetry develops the poet? Pablo Neruda is a figure in literature and poetry, he is also a well-known diplomat. He wrote numerous poems that focused on a variety of genres. He also wrote a special poem about Spain during the Civil War called "Spain In My Heart". The challenges and problems Pablo Neruda faced throughout his years of poetry and Diplomacy developed his way of writing poems.
Pablo Neruda's place of birth, Chile, provided a constant geographical and emotional center for his poetry and political concerns. He was born on the 12th of July 1904. Neruda lived a successful life filled with poetic ...view middle of the document...

Many other poems were written under the theme of love. The poem "Don't Go Far Off" was one of his numerous love poems. In this poem, Neruda shows his love to his wife:
"Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep". (1-4)

When Pablo Neruda says " don't go far, not even for a day", he is talking to his beloved wife and begging her not to leave him alone. He compared waiting for his wife in her absence as if waiting for a train in an empty train station and trains parked off. Pablo Neruda repeats the theme of love to show and express his true love towards his wife.

Because of his successful poems and books, Pablo Neruda was a literary figure for many writers who were influenced by him. The Colombian poet and Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez was one of the poets influenced by Neruda. He says "Pablo Neruda is the greatest poet of the 20th century". Martin Espada, an American poet, essayist, and editor, was also motivated by Neruda's poetry. The American author Sandra Cisneros titled him as the "Pablo Neruda" of the North American authors. Due to his love of Pablo Neruda's poetry, Espada recently attended a celebration held by the Fundacíon Pablo Neruda, in which they celebrate Neruda's cententary and promote his literary works. Pablo Neruda's unique and powerful techniques in poetry inspired many poets and writers of the literature field.

Outside of literature, Pablo Neruda had many contributions due to his large impact on politics in the region. His writings had large affects on politics, especially during the Spanish Civil War when he wrote "Spain In My Heart". He also contributed to the workers of his country. He wrote a speech against the Chilean President, Gabriel Gonzale Videla, because of imprisoning all the coal miners during their strike. This lead to weakening the government of this president.

"The Queen", a poem written by Pablo Neruda that is based on his love to his wife. Throughout the poem, Neruda describes his wife and expresses his love to her. He also...

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