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Ode to My Socks Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In the following review of the collection of poems entitled Selected Odes of Pablo Neruda, Don Bogen gives an overview of the various phases and influences of Neruda's writing throughout his prolific writing career.

Pity the poets of the New World. If Columbus et al. merely had to subdue the native flora and fauna long enough to set up shop here, the poets had to describe it all. They were stuck with the languages of the Old World—English, Spanish, French, Portuguese— but the literary traditions made about as much sense as a court ball at a trading post. No wonder many of them fell back on the hoariest text of all, the Bible, for a sense of the poet's role. The myth of Adam naming the creatures in the Garden was perfect for a world their languages had not yet touched. Not only did it simplify the...

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