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Return to Book Page. Preview — odas elementales by Pablo Neruda. A bilingual collection of 25 newly translated odes by the century’s greatest Spanish-language poet, each accompanied by a pair of exquisite pencil drawings.
From bread and soap to a bed and a box of tea, the “odes to common things” collected here conjure up the essence of their subjects clearly and wondrously. Published first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about odas elementalesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
I found myself needing to read poetry for a Read Harder challenge, something I have not done since high school. I decided on Pablo Neruda as I had come across some of his love poetry and also read something of his history when I visited Valparaiso many years ago. This edition of Odes to Common Things seemed a great starting point to ease myself into his poetry.
It is a great collection, enhanced with lovely pencil sketches of the everyday items that are risen to objects of desire by these vers I found myself needing to read poetry for a Read Harder challenge, something I have not done since high school.
It is a great collection, enhanced with lovely pencil sketches of the everyday items that are risen to objects of desire by these verses. I was somewhat amazed to find out how relaxing reading this was, a vacation from books, tweets and news that is heavy with “issues”.
The simplicity of a poem about a pair of socks or a Gillyflower is like a balm. The gentle reminder that beauty and wonder can be found everywhere and in the simplest of things, if you truly take the time to notice. My favourite was the story of the Artichoke – I thought it was ingenious.
The tender-hearted upright artichoke girded itself as a warrior, constructed a small dome, to keep itself waterproof within its scales. Ode to the Artichoke View all 3 comments. If you ever wanted to translate Flemish still life painting into words, read this book. For the Read Harder Challenge, a collection of poetry in translation about a topic other than love.
Book 13 for GenreLand: Abandoned because you struggled with the language While I Was Reading: Read a collection of poetry Mt. New to you author from another country Modern Mrs Darcy: A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection This was a fun and rewarding exercise.
I’m not sure how much my Spanish improved, but it was a good experience. The illustrator, Ferris Cook, selected the poems for this volume, and I think it made for a great theme. Cook’s illustrations were also very elegant, making this a real keeper of a book, one to have handy for the occasional dose of art in one’s daily life, a celebration of the quotidian.
I know I am far from being an expert on — or even reasonably conversant about — Spanish-language poetry or the translation thereof, but I didn’t much care for most of Krabbenhoft’s translations. At least as translations. His poems were fine as their own things, but I felt like they didn’t really match up with Neruda’s odes.
There were exceptions, though. It was actually such a stark difference that I thought at first that pwblo were two different translators switching off throughout the volume.
It will be interesting to re-read this collection occasionally to see if I can pinpoint the differences I perceived between the law I liked and the ones I didn’t. I would highly recommend this collection to anybody who wants or has been assigned to read some poetry but is in the mood for something a little different from the usual. This bilingual format is also great for practicing Spanish or English.
Even if your brain gets too tired to process the words, there are pretty pictures to look at. These were simple and delightful, and made me want to write. This is a review nerudaa a poetry book. As such, it contains quotations from poems. Read at your own risk! However, as these poems so beautifully remind us, common things derive their value in the same way uncommon things do Through the significance placed on them by humans.
A bowl, for example Poetry-haters, please note: A bowl, for example, handcrafted by a master potter, or given by a friend, or handed down through generations, becomes more than a bowl in the eyes of its user. Elementalees they take nourishment from the food placed in it, it’s easy for them to remember or imagine the people and events connected with it in a way the imbues the simple lablo with meaning.
And so, common objects become special when we take the time to appreciate the lives that have intermixed with their untold stories. Perhaps Neruda says it best in the opening Ode of this collection: Ode to a pair of scissorsfor example, is less about scissors and more about life experiences that bind us together and tear us asunder.
I won’t quote it here, because I’d basically have to include the whole poem, and I’m not that cruel to all my poetry-hating friends who are still reading even after the dire warning that began this review brave, self-sacrificing souls! Plus, it’s more enjoyable if you experience the poem in its entirety, with the illustrations and the many line breaks, as published. There are hints of Neruda’s personal experiences and ideology in many of the odes.
Perhaps the links would be more obvious to someone who has studied his work in detail, but this was my first experience reading Neruda and I knew next to nothing about his life. Honestly, I wasn’t thinking much about how his personality might have shaped these odes until I encountered these lines: O bread familiar to every mouth, we will not kneel before you: At this point, I was thinking two main thoughts: Hadn’t realized until this moment that I’d stereotyped him as being Catholic because he’s from South America.
Glad to know that’s not the case. I wonder what his worldview actually was So does bread stand for something more than just bread? Something essential to the survival of the human spirit, like bread is to the body if you don’t eat gluten-free, that is!
Perhaps bread is freedom, or love, or net neutrality? Then, I remembered these lines from a different ode, a few pages earlier: And so the coming of the new life that, fighting and singing, we preach, will be a coming of soup bowls, a perfect panoply of spoons.
An ocean of steam rising from pots in a world without hunger, and a total mobilization of spoons, will shed light where once was darkness – Ode to the spoonpage So, in at least one sense, it appeared that food analogies were actually referring to food. I know, it’s shocking to me too. It’s also shocking that I was looking for a meaning beyond food because I’m quite honestly obsessed with food.
The fact that one of the poems is about French fries made me so happy. I think I missed it because I’m an American and hunger and poverty aren’t things I’m forced to reckon with on a daily basis, so of course lines that talk about ending world hunger don’t necessarily resonate with me as well as they might- or should.
When I googled Neruda, I also found that he was famously Communist, which explains the food analogies, as well as his propensity for seeing value in the ordinary and the various war references that are sprinkled throughout the poems although he was also very involved in the Spanish Civil War and lived through both world wars, so those things would have influenced him too.
After all, in Communist theories of his day, the working class- or “common people”- rising up against their oppressors were seen as the only hope for ending world poverty.
I end this review with my own poem, An Ode to Pablo Neruda that I made up on the spot, so bear with me: When I think of you, of your life, of your balding head in your later years, I think of all these things I know because I read your odes and Wikipedia.
It was not improbable for you to think the Holocaust a fluke, that Hiroshima would bring peace, that evil could be vanquished through ingenuity. But I do not live in such a world.
As such, I think I could never convince myself, as you did, that the problems were problems with systems, not people. And yet I admire your idealism, the way your words are light, mellow, soft, despite great evil.
We disagree if people can rid themselves of poverty, of hunger. But we agree humanity was not nerudx for a world of emptiness and despair. Heaven is our home.
Nuevas Odas Elementales: Tercer Libro de las Odas by Pablo Neruda
We will reach it or die, still looking. Poems to be read aloud and if possible to innocent children. Pleasing as can be. Who can forget the gorgeous woolen socks of Maru Mori? Or the box of tea? I prefer his love poems, but only Pablo Neruda could make a poem about bread sexy. Beautiful little songs of praise to everyday objects — chair, a cat, a bar of soap, a cluster of violets.
This edition also has lovely ink drawings of the subjects. From the ode to French fries a topic that deserves much more poetic praise: This is a book I kept on my kitchen counter for years, a volume to open while waiting for water to boil or for tea to steep.