The Captain's Verses
The Captain's Verses (Los Versos Del Capitán) By Neruda, Pablo Book - 1972

I appreciate the volume's progression from consuming passion to romantic intimacy to waning desire and even violence, and beyond. Before the tonal shift partway through the poems, I feared myself dulling to Neruda's imagery and word choice (must his lover's features all be tiny???). Several standout selections saved the work for me, though, including Your Laughter, Stolen Branch, The Mountain and the River, and the superb Letter on the Road. Bear in mind I read these works in English translation.

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