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Love Sonnet 17

Love Sonnet 17


by Pablo Neruda

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Pablo Neruda always wrote his poems in green ink; this is one of his many idiosyncrasies (characteristics unique to him). (Source.)

The famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once referred to Neruda as a "very fine poet," but also a "very mean man." Hey, you take what you can get. (Source.)

Pablo Neruda won the 1971 Nobel Prize for literature. He's in good company: John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway are among the other winners over the years.

Neruda’s favorite home (he owned several) was located at Isla Negra, along the Chilean coast. He loved the sea, and all things maritime, so he built his house to resemble a ship (sort of). (Source.)

Neruda was a translator, too. He even translated Shakespeare! (Source.)

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