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

A guide to resources on Pablo Neruda for your A-level or IB English topic - compiled by your librarians

Literary Influences and Themes

   As a boy Neruda attended Temuco Boys’ School; the principal of the Girls’ School was Gabriela Mistral.  Mistral was a well-respected poet, and later became a Nobel Laureate herself, and she encouraged a young Neruda to pursue his fascination with poetry.  In 1933, Neruda met Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Neruda's 4 Elements in Poetry

The poetry of Pablo Neruda conveys intense emotions through the four elements.

Earth Imagery 
Air Imagery 
Water Imagery
Fire Imagery 

By using the four elements as metaphors, Neruda intensifies the sadness of separation from nature, yet also moves closer to the so-called primordial essence of being—through words. 

Pablo Neruda's Writing Secret

Pablo Neruda adopted green ink as his trademark. He did not do this simply because he liked the color. He allowed the green vibration to nurture his writing. 

Neruda Used Green Ink to Manifest the Following:

  • literary abundance
  • a focus on ecology
  • shamanic speech

Neruda's 4 Work Group Categories

a) Works published between 1923 and 1973.

b) Posthumous work, published in late 1973 and throughout 1974.  

c) Dispersed Work, not collected in any book. 

d) Selected Epistolary.

Pablo Neruda's poems are...

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A Selected Bibliography of Pablo Neruda's Work

  • Viente poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada (1924)
  • Anillos (1926)
  • Residencia en la tierra (1933)
  • Espana en el corazon: Himno a las glorias del pueblo en la guerra (1937)
  • Alturas de Macchu-Picchu (1948)
  • Canto General (1950)
  • Los versos del capitan: Poemas de amor (1952)
  • Las uvas y el viento (1954)
  • Odas elementales (1954)
  • Estravagario (1958)
  • Cien sonetos de amor (1959)
  • Cantos ceremoniales (1961)
  • Plenos poderes (1962)
  • Las piedras de Chile (1961)
  • Memorial de Isla Negra (1964)
  • Las piedras del cielo (1970)
  • El mar y las campanas: Poemas (1973)
  • La rosa separada (1973)
  • El corazon amarillo (1974)
  • Jardin de invierno (1974)
  • Libro de las preguntas (1974)

(Source: poetry.org)

  • Paginas escogidas de Anatole France (1924)
  • Visiones de las hijas de Albion y el viajero mental (1935)
  • Romeo y Julieta (1964)
  • Cuarenta y cuatro (1967)

(Source: poetry.org)

  • Fulgor y muerte de Joaquin Murieta: Bandido chileno injusticiado en California el 23 julio 1853 (1967)

(Source: poetry.org)

  • Residence on Earth (1962)
  • The Heights of Macchu Picchu (1966)
  • Twenty Poems (1967)
  • A New Decade: Poems, 1958-1967 (1969)
  • Pablo Neruda: The Early Poems (1969)
  • Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1969)
  • Selected Poems (1970)
  • Stones of the Sky (1970)
  • Neruda and Vallejo: Selected Poems (1971)
  • The Captain's Verses (1972)
  • Extravagaria (1972)
  • New Poems, 1968-1970 (1972)
  • Splendor and Death of Joaquin Murieta (1972)
  • Five Decades: A Selection (Poems 1925-1970) (1974)
  • Fully Empowered: Plenos poderes (1975)
  • Memoirs (1976)
  • Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra Face to Face (1977)
  • Isla Negra: A Notebook (1980)
  • Passions and Impressions (1982)
  • Windows That Open Inward: Images of Chile (1984)
  • A Separate Rose (1985)
  • 100 Love Sonnets (1986)
  • Winter Garden (1986)
  • The Stones of Chile (1987)
  • The House at Isla Negra (1988)
  • The Sea and the Bells (1988)
  • Late and Posthumous Poems, 1968-1974 (1989)
  • Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda (1990)
  • The Yellow Heart (1990)
  • The Book of Questions (1991)
  • Spain in the Heart: Hymn to the Glories of the People at War (1993)
  • Pablo Neruda: An Anthology of Odes (1994)
  • Full Woman, Fleshly Apple, Hot Moon : Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda (1998)
  • The Essential Neruda (2004)

(Source: poetry.org)

  • El habitante y su esperanza (1925)
  • Discurso pronunciado con ocasion de la entrega del premio Nobel de literatura (1971)
  • Confieso que he vivido: Memorias (1974)
  • Correspondancia (1980)

(Source: poetry.org)

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