Canto general by Pablo Neruda

By Pablo Neruda

Himno telúrico a los elementos naturales del continente americano, ascensión hacia l. a. redención del propio ser desde el deshumanizador mundo masificado hasta los angeles comunión con un pasado que es un paisaje a l. a. vez humano, arqueológico y orográfico, Canto basic es quizá, por encima de todo, un poema a l. a. vez épico y ethical. Se trata de un texto en los angeles gran tradición de l. a. poesía a un tiempo civil, histórica y metafísica de los poetas románticos, a los angeles que ha sido incorporada los angeles herencia expresiva de las vanguardias de nuestro siglo, y l. a. capacidad desmitificadora y satírica del cronista crítico del presente. Esta enormous biografía de un continente —desde los días precolombinos hasta l. a. llegada de los conquistadores, l. a. explosión descolonizadora y los angeles actualidad de los angeles época de su redacción— es también l. a. biografía de un hombre, el propio Neruda, errante y clandestino al redactarla, y un canto a sus compatriotas anónimos, a los angeles fraternidad con los oprimidos y humildes y a los angeles vastedad silenciosa y solemne del gran océano inmemorial que lo circunda todo. Al difundirse l. a. noticia de l. a. concesión del Premio Nobel a Pablo Neruda, expertos de todo el mundo asociaron ante todo al gran poeta chileno con este impresionante y envolvente canto a América que ya se ha impuesto como una de las obras maestras de Neruda y de los angeles literatura en lengua española de nuestro siglo.

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Andrews Bay sweeping in from the estuary of the River Eden across the washed expanse of the West Sands, backed by the windy green of the golf courses, to the town itself, spired, castled, and cathedraled, punctuated by irregular bells, cloistered and grave, with gray stone roofed in slate or red tile, kempt ruins and a tidy harbor, the town backed by green and gold fields with their stands of ancient trees. If it has the air of a museum, that is no wonder, for it sits placidly on top of a horrendous past.

By now, however, Jasper had grown expert at being a Martian. His three nationalitiesSpanish, British, and Americanhad made him a foreigner in every school class he sat in, and he wore his oddness quite jauntily. He was, I think, ahead of me. An early spring brought greenness and soft air, carpets of daffodils surrounding the house, larks, hanging invisibly over the golf course, disappearing into song. The days lengthened, and the golfers played late into the long twilight. We discussed building a tetrahedral kite, modeled on one with which Alexander Graham Bell had once lifted a man, and Jasper looked alarmed.

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