LITERATURE: Pablo Neruda: Ode to the Past

I am a firm believer that besides the different genres and classic masters, every would-be writer should keep as well a book of poetry beside the couch. For learning imagery, brevity, rhythm, there is nothing that matches the lines of a poem to create a mindset that brings these elements into our writing.

I do not intend to start Neruda at page one and follow in a linear fashion, but rather flip the book open to see what catches my soul.

Time
is divided
into two rivers:
one
flows backward, devouring
life already lived;
the other
moves forward with you
exposing
your life.
For a single second
they may be joined.
Now.
This is that moment,
the drop of an instant
that washes away the past.
(Ode to the Past, p. 115)

Wow.

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1 Response to LITERATURE: Pablo Neruda: Ode to the Past

  1. Katia says:

    A great tribute to the elusive, yet all-pervasive present.

    If you really like Neruda, check out Red Poppy at http://www.redpoppy.net. It’s a non-profit set up to create a documentary about Neruda, publish his biography, and translate his works into English.

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