Canto General

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University of California Press, Apr 17, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 406 pages
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The Canto General, thought by many of Neruda’s most prominent critics to be the poet’s masterpiece, is the stunning epic of an entire continent and its people.
 

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Comprising 15 sections and over 300 separate poems, this epic traces the history of Spanish America from the pre-Colombian innocence to present corruption. Despite the heavy-handed, overt, and ... Read full review

Contents

A LAMP ON EARTH
13
Amazon
20
THE HEIGHTS OF MACCHU PICCHU
29
Through the hazy splendor
40
Rise up to be born with me my brother
41
THE CONQUISTADORS
43
They Reach the Gulf of Mexico I519
45
Cortés
46
The Letter
301
THE RIVERS OF SONG
303
To Rafael Alberti Puerto Santa María Spain
307
To González Carbalho in Río de la Plata
312
To Silvestre Revueltas from Mexico on His Death Oratorio Minor
314
To Miguel Hernández Murdered in the Prisons of Spain
316
NEW YEARS CHORALE FOR THE COUNTRY IN DARKNESS
319
The Men from Pisagua
321

Cholula
47
Alvarado
48
A Bishop
49
Homage to Balboa
50
A Soldier Sleeps
51
Ximénez de Quesada 1536
52
Rendezvous of Ravens
54
The Agonies
55
The Red Line
56
Elegy
57
The Wars
58
Discoverers of Chile
59
The Combatant Land
60
Land and Man Unite
61
Valdivia 1544
62
Ercilla
64
The Magellanic Heart 1519
65
The Discoverers Appear and Nothing Is Left of Them
66
Only Destruction Prevails
67
THE LIBERATORS
71
Manuel Rodríguez
108
Sucre
114
Martí 1890
121
Sandino 1926
127
Recabarren 1921
136
Pronounced in Pacaembú
144
THE SAND BETRAYED
149
The Oligarchies
161
The Nitrate Men
187
González Videla Chiles Traitor
200
Climates
206
CANTO GENERAL OF CHILE
213
Floods
221
RedBreasted Meadowlark
227
THE EARTHS NAME IS JUAN
237
LET THE WOODCUTTER AWAKEN
255
Beyond your lands America I
261
But if you arm your hordes North America
266
Let none of this come to pass
269
Peace for the coming twilights
270
THE FUGITIVE
273
It was the grape autumn
275
A young couple opened a door
276
Again another night I went farther
277
Window of the hills Valparaíso
279
It was the dawning of saltpeter on the pampas
280
love Valparaíso everything you enfold
281
Ive ranged the farfamed seas
282
And so from night to night
283
What can you do scoundrel against the air?
284
To all to you
285
American sand solemn
286
THE FLOWERS OF PUNITAGUI
289
Brother Pablo
290
Hunger and Rage
291
They Steal Their Land
292
The Flowers of Punitaqui
293
Gold
295
Went Beyond the Gold
296
The Poet
297
Death in the World
298
Mankind
299
The People
300
The Heroes
323
González Videla
325
Didnt Suffer
326
In These Times
327
They Spoke to Me Before
328
The Liars
329
They Shall Be Named
330
Homeland They Want to Parcel You Out
331
They Receive Orders Against Chile
332
Theres No Forgiving
333
You Will Struggle
334
Happy Year to My Country in Darkness
335
THE GREAT OCEAN
337
Births
339
The Fish and the Drowned Person
341
The Men and the Islands
342
The Statue Builders Rapa Nui
344
The Rain Rapa Nui
345
The Oceanics
347
Antarctica
348
Children of the Seacoast
349
Death
350
The Wave
351
The Seaports
353
The Ships
356
To a Ships Figurehead Elegy
357
The Man Aboard the Ship
359
The Enigmas
360
Stones of the Seaboard
361
Gongorine Mollusca
363
The Battered Birds
364
Leviathan
366
Phalacrocorax
367
Not Only the Albatross
368
Marine Night
369
AM
373
The Slingman 1919
374
The House
375
Travel Companions 1921
376
The Student 1923
377
The Traveler 1927
378
Far from Here
379
The Dance 1929
380
The War 1936
381
Love
382
Mexico 1940
383
On Mexicos Walls 1943
384
The Return 1944
387
The Wood Line
388
Combative Kindness
389
The Steel Gathers 1945
390
Wine
391
Fruits of the Earth
392
Great Happiness
393
Death
394
Life
395
Testament II
396
Dispositions
397
Am Going to Live 1949
398
End Here 1949
399
Notes
401
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Jack Scmitt is Professor oEmeritus of Spanish and Portuguese at California State University, Long Beach. Roberto González Echevarría is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures at Yale University and a member of the American Academy of Arts of Sciences.

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