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Heights of Macchu Picchu, The
Pablo Neruda
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978-1-55659-444-1
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Heights of Macchu Picchu, The
Pablo Neruda

Translated by Tomás Q. Morín

Pablo Neruda

The Heights of Macchu Picchuis the finest and most famous of Neruda's longer poems and provides the key to his earlier work. It was inspired by his journey to Macchu Picchu, the Peruvian Inca city high in the Andes. Neruda's journey takes on all the symbolic qualities of a personal "venture into the interior" as the poem progresses, exploring both the roots of the poet's identity and the history of Latin America. This translation has been rendered by the distinguished poet Tomás Q. Morín and is presented in a bilingual edition, with the Spanish and English texts on facing pages.

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For Heights of Macchu Picchu, The, Pablo Neruda

“The greatest poet of the twentieth century—in any language.”—Gabriel García Márquez

 

“‘The Heights of Macchu Picchu’ is a poem of ascension… In its final passages, Neruda’s poetry jumps from a personal hope to a global one; from a poetry dealing with the poet’s heart to a poetry centered on humanity’s struggles. Similar to T.S. Eliot’s 1921 poem ‘The Wasteland’ in showing the emptiness of the modern world, ‘The Heights of Macchu Picchu’ offers a solution that Eliot never did: become one with your past and use this to create a better future.”—BBC

 

“He is the poet of the eternal present. He revealed to us the best antidote to oppression (and its most noxious companion, oblivion): poetry.”—The New York Times

 

“There really is a Neruda for everyone. There’s Neruda the love poet, Neruda the surrealist poet, Neruda the poet of historical epic, Neruda the political poet, Neruda the poet of common things, with the odes, Neruda the poet of the sea… And the people of Chile today, even now, associate Pablo Neruda with the idea of justice.”—Democracy Now

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