Charged with sensuality and passion, Pablo Neruda’s love poems caused a scandal when published
anonymously in 1952. In later editions, these verses became the most celebrated of the Noble Prize
winner’s oeuvre, captivating readers with earthbound images that reveal in gentle lingering lines an
erotic re-imagining of the world through the prism of a lover’s body: "today our bodies became vast,
they grew to the edge of the world / and rolled melting / into a single drop / of wax or meteor...."
Written on the paradisal island of Capri, where Neruda "took refuge" in the arms of his lover
Matilde Urrutia, Love Poems embraces the seascapes around them, saturating the images
of endless shores and waves with a new, yearning eroticism. This wonderful book collects Neruda’s
most passionate verses.