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.
- 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.
“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.”