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A-level & IB English - Pablo Neruda: His Life

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Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), the winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature, is considered by many readers and critics to be the foremost poet of the Latin American world in the twentieth century.

 "Pablo Neruda." Dictionary of Hispanic Biography. Gale, 1996. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 15 Feb. 2011.

Pablo Neruda Quick Facts

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NAME:  Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto a.k.a. Pablo Neruda
OCCUPATION: Diplomat, Poet
BIRTH DATE: July 12, 1904
DEATH DATE: September 23, 1973
EDUCATION: Temuco Boys' School


Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize–winning Chilean poet who was once called “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.

Interview with Pablo Neruda


Why did you change your name, and why did you choose “Pablo Neruda”?


I don’t remember. I was only thirteen or fourteen years old. I remember that it bothered my father very much that I wanted to write. With the best of intentions, he thought that writing would bring destruction to the family and myself and, especially, that it would lead me to a life of complete uselessness.

Biographical Chronology

Written by Darío Oses, Director of the Library of the Pablo Neruda Foundation.

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1904 - 1920 1921 - 1935 1936 - 1948 1949 - 1958 1959 - 1964 1965 - 1973 1974 - present

Movie trailer - Il Postino - The Postman (starring Pablo Neruda)

Il Postino = The Postman

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"People's Poet" of Chile

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Happy Birthday, Pablo Neruda, the “People’s Poet” of Chile

July 12, 2010
by findingDulcinea Staff
One of the most beloved and widely read Latin American poets, Pablo Neruda defies categorization. His work was as stylistically varied—from sensuous love poetry to sweeping historical epics—as he was prolific. Gabriel García Márquez called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.”