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Pablo Neruda

Poet Pablo Neruda

Full Name: Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto
Profession: Poet


Biography: Famous poet who wrote in a variety of styles including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and erotically-charged love poems such as the ones in his 1924 collection "Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair".

He often wrote in green ink, which was his personal symbol for desire and hope, and in 1971 won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Born: July 12, 1904
Birthplace: Parral, Chile

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: September 23, 1973 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1930-12-06 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia

Historical Events

  • 1957-04-11 Pablo Neruda arrested in Buenos Aires
  • 1967-07-20 Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda receives 1st Viareggio-Versilia Prize, recognizing “world personalities who work for culture and understanding between peoples”
  • 1971-10-21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

Quotes by Pablo Neruda

  • "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."

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