Some Interesting Facts About Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda was perhaps the greatest Spanish poet of the 20th century. I was reading the book ‘Twenty Love Poems & A Song of Despair‘ by him when I thought about running a research on him and what I found was interesting. Thus, I’m sharing some facts about him here.

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  • Pablo Neruda’s real name was Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Bosoalto.
  • He took his pen name from a Czech author Jan Neruda.
  • He never really adopted the name ‘Pablo Neruda’ legally as his father disapproved of this name.
  • He started writing at the age of 10.
  • The book you see in the picture was published when he was 20 years old.
  • It’s a book of intensely romantic and erotic poems. It was a highly controversial book of that time because of its explicitly sexual nature.
  • He always wrote in green ink which was a symbol for hope and despair for him. Interesting, isn’t it?
  • It’s still not clear if he died naturally, due to illness or he was killed.

The Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called Neruda “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language.” So I’m ending this post by a quote by Pablo Neruda.

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you simply, without problems or pride:
I love you in this way because I don’t know any other way of loving.”

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