Other literary forms
Pablo Neruda (nay-REW-duh) was an essayist, translator, playwright, and novelist as well as a poet. His memoirs, Confieso que he vivido: Memorias (1974; Memoirs, 1977), are a lyric evocation of his entire life, its final pages written after the coup that overthrew Salvador Allende. Neruda’s translations include works by Rainer Maria Rilke, William Shakespeare, and William Blake. The volume Para nacer he nacido (1978; Passions and Impressions, 1983) includes prose poems, travel impressions, and the speech that Neruda delivered on his acceptance of the Nobel Prize. He has written a novel, El habitante y su esperanza (1926); a poetic drama, Fulgor y muerte de Joaquín Murieta (pb. 1967; Splendor and Death of Joaquin Murieta, 1972); and essays on Shakespeare, Carlo Levi, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Paul Éluard, and Federico García Lorca, as well as several works of political concern.