Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What does Pablo Neruda mean in “Walking Around” that he is “tired of being a man”?

The Heights of Macchu Picchu contains a number of epic features. How do they enhance the experience of the speaker?

Trace the woodlands imagery in “The Hunter in the Forest” and in other poems by Neruda.

Which American poets does Neruda most resemble?

Compare the imagery of Neruda’s love poems with love images in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet (pr. c. 1595-1596, pb. 1597), which Neruda translated into Spanish.


(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Agosin, Marjorie. Pablo Neruda. Translated by Lorraine Roses. Boston: Twayne, 1986. A basic critical biography.

Durán, Manuel, and Margery Safir. Earth Tones: The Poetry of Pablo Neruda. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1982. An excellent critical overview both of Neruda’s life and of his work.

Feinstein, Adam. Pablo Neruda: A Passion for Life. New York: Bloomsbury, 2004. The first authoritative English-language biography of the poet’s life. Thoroughly researched and indexed.

Longo, Teresa, ed. Pablo Neruda and the U.S. Culture Industry. New York: Routledge, 2002. A collection of essays examining the process by which Neruda’s poetry was translated into English and the impact of its dissemination on American and Latino culture.

Méndez-Ramírez, Hugo. Neruda Ekphrastic Experience: Mural Art and “Canto general.” Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1999. This research focuses on the interplay between verbal and visual elements in Neruda’s masterpiece Canto general. It demonstrates how mural art, especially that practiced in Mexico, became the source for Neruda’s ekphrastic desire, in which his verbal art paints visual elements.

Nolan, James. Poet-Chief: The Native American Poetics of Walt Whitman and Pablo...

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