Pablo Neruda et la France

The Embassy of Chile Trinidad & Tobago and The Alliance Francaise invites you to “Pablo Neruda et la France”, a photography exhibition, from October 16th-November 16th 2014.

Neftali Reyes who in 1920 adopted the penname of Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) was one of the most prolific poets of the Chilean and world literature of the XX century. His life and work have influenced not only the literary world but all areas of popular and academic culture including the political and social history of Chile.

Neruda’s work can be summarized in two main periods; the first one reflects Neruda’s self-referential poetry with allusions to his personal experiences about love and longing. The second period reflects the poet’s deep social conscience and views of life which was influenced by the changes in the Chilean society (mid-1920s).

Some of Neruda’s literary work:

• “Crepusculario” (Book of Twilights); published in 1923. This work gathers some of his earliest writings.

• “Twenty Poems and a Song of Despair” published in 1924 – filled with eroticism and romanticism catapulting him as a prodigious writer.

• “Residence on Earth” a masterpiece published in Spain in 1927 – reflects his travels through Asia and Europe.

 • “Spain in the Heart” 1937, a work reflecting the consequences of the Spanish Civil War (1936)

• “Canto General” Mexico, 1950. A poetic creation that reflects the history and identity of Latin America. It includes “The Heights of Macchu Picchu” work considered one of the most important in Latin America and universal poetry.

• “The Captain’s Verses”, “The Grapes and The Wind”, ”Elemental Odes” and “Estravagario” published between 1952 and 1958, these work incorporated a colloquial language to poetize the everyday world.

Some of the recognitions he received:

• The Chilean National Award in Literature (1945);

• The degree of Doctor Honoris Causa at the University of Oxford, UK (1965); and

• The Nobel Prize in Literature (1971), the third Latin American to receive such an important distinction.

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