Pablo Neruda


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  • 1910: Neruda starts his studies in a boys' school in Temuco. Here he learned to read and write.
  • 1904: Pablo Neruda was born in Parral, Chile on July 12th
  • 1917: When Pablo was thirteen he began to contribute some articles to the daily "La Mañana", among them, Entusiasmo y Perseverancia. This was his first poem.
  • Neruda studied French and pedagogy at the University of Chile in Santiago.
  • Between 1927-1935, Pablo traveled to Burma, Ceylon, Java, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Madrid. His poetic production during that difficult period included, esoteric surrealistic poems.
  • During the Spanish Civil War and the murder of García Lorca, Neruda decided to join the Republic movement. His poetry during this time was directed towards social and political matters.
  • In 1945, Neruda returned to Chile and was elected senator of the Republic. He also joined the Communist party of Chile. During protests he had to live underground. During this time his poetry was directed towards political activity. During 1954-1959 his poetry changes to more extensive description of the world. Where things, events and relations are presented in alphabetic form.
  • During the last years of his life, his poems are dedicated to his wife, Matilde Urrutia. Pablo Neruda died on September 23, 1973. “Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” I like this part of a poem because it really expresses how no matter what you will find yourself and you will be either happy or mad about what you find.
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