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Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

A Song Of Despair


The memory of you emerges from the night around me.
The river mingles its stubborn lament with the sea.
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  • Kay Staley (8/26/2014 9:37:00 AM)

    How nice. Its utterly sad that Pablo Neruda never learned to rhyme. Poems like his could have been memorized and truly remembered if he had any rhyme scheme at all. His writings are fun to read, but at soon as they are finished, all but the idea of them slips out of your head...with none of his beautiful left to remain. The drastical language and ironicness of the writing style is what keeps this poem in print. (Report) Reply

  • Lyrias Poetry (2/10/2014 10:41:00 AM)

    and in every line I can feel my own sense of despair rising... as if he was saying my words out loud.... as If he lives inside my head. as if he had experienced the turmoil that i kept hidden in my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Alexander Opicho (12/2/2013 4:18:00 AM)

    good, nice, smart, philosophical, mature, ideological, surrealistic and of course nerudaistic in texture (Report) Reply

  • Amanda Laurent (10/27/2012 12:44:00 AM)

    My favorite line - Cemetery of kisses, there is still fire in your tombs Such power in the imagery he employs. He holds nothing back with regards to the deepest emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (6/17/2012 6:03:00 AM)

    I don't believe poems can be translated...
    As...I do repeat
    Every language has a soul...
    Noone can enter every soul...! (Report) Reply

  • A H (6/13/2012 9:42:00 PM)

    Stanza 7 Should read: Pale blind DIVER
    Stanza 24 Should read: You still BROKE IN currents (Report) Reply

  • Subrata Ray (4/19/2010 11:37:00 AM)

    The poet could otherwise depict his past, and muse over the gratification of carnal pleasure.There is no cause to mourn, no reason to brood over the battle of the bodies.Again there is no life -enhancing note in this poem.What has been perpetuating since the advent of human-animals on this earth finds repetition here.
    Again a poet must avoid erotic language, to paint the open -secret between the he-man and the she-man.
    There is no question on the irresistible sex-pleasure.I find no face of a poet in the poem.
    Poet, -subrataray, Uluberia, West Bengal.India (Report) Reply

  • Li Away (10/26/2008 4:27:00 PM)

    this poet by far the most delicate and beautiful

    you swallowed everything like distance, in you everything sank

    i am taken! (Report) Reply

  • Aijaz Asif (9/6/2008 12:32:00 PM)

    a beautiful write..lovely to read. i love it...10 is the least i can do with my bow to the great poet (Report) Reply

  • Naveed Akram (7/5/2008 11:14:00 AM)

    I like the song of despair, the singing of the desperate voice hurling and provoking and repeating. Beautiful words can match in many intriguing manners. I believe this poet sang the song of despair to the letter, and that is a heroic deed of written accomplishment! (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (6/12/2008 4:33:00 AM)

    You girdled sorrow, you clung to desire,
    sadness stunned you, in you everything sank! ..................wonderful imagery of life by the sorrow, desire and sadness when everything sank within.great write, i do admire (Report) Reply

  • Irene Zammit (1/5/2008 6:17:00 PM)

    we've all been there, Pablo, your words ring true in the hearts of all who have loved with passion and hope and then lost. Still, at least we know we've lived. (Report) Reply

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