Pablo Neruda
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"Pablo Neruda" was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician "Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto" (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973). He derived his pen name from the Czechs/Czech poet Jan Neruda. In 1971 Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Neruda became known as a poet while he was still a teenager. He wrote in a variety of styles, including surrealism/surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and erotically charged love poems such as the ones in his collection Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (1924). He often wrote in green ink, which was his personal symbol for desire and hope.

The Colombian people/Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called Neruda "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language." Harold Bloom included Neruda as one of the 26 writers central to the "Western tradition" in his book The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages/The Western Canon.

Neruda's love poems are widely regarded as some of the most romantic poetry ever written.

On July 15, 1945, at Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo, Brazil, Neruda read to 100,000 people in honor of the Communist revolutionary leader Luís Carlos Prestes.

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You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.

Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.

Perhaps this war will pass like the others which divided us leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces. Who will erase the ruthlessness hidden in innocent blood?

A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.

But from each crime are born bullets that will one day seek out in you where the heart lies.

And one by one the nights between our separated cities are joined to the night that unites us.

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido. (Love is so short, and forgetting is so long.)

Quiero hacer contigoLo que primavera hace con los cerazos.