Spanish poet: Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda is one of the greatest major poets of the twentieth century. Neruda wrote about 45 books. Charged with sensuality and passion, his love poems are the most celebrated of the Nobel Prize winner’s. His most famous book is “20 love poems and a song of despair”, published in 1924.

Pablo Neruda (1904 – 1973) was born in the town of Parral in Chile, and began publishing his poetry in 1920. From 1927 to 1943 he served as a diplomat abroad, returning to Chile in 1952. In 1971, he won the Nobel Prize of Literature.

Pablo Neruda died in 1973 at age 69, the cause of his death is uncertain. He was a member of the communist party and fought against the Pinochet dictatorship. In 1973 he was forced to move into exile to Mexico after more than 3,000 people, disappeared.

Some of his poems are recorded by himself and available here to listen. I would like to share one of his love poems in Spanish with English translations. ¡Disfrute de la poesía de pablo Neruda!


Cuando tus manos salen,
When your hands go out,

amor, hacia las mías,
love, toward mine,

qué me traen volando?
what do they bring me flying?

Por qué se detuvieron
Why did they stop

en mi boca, de pronto,
at my mouth suddenly,

por qué las reconozco
why do I recognize them

como si entonces, antes,
as if then, before,

las hubiera tocado,
I had touched them,

como si antes de ser
as if before they existed

hubieran recorrido
they had passed over

mi frente mi cintura?
my forehead, my waist?

© 1973 by Pablo Neruda

Where to find his love poems?