Pablo Neruda on Politics and Writing

Here’s a link to a site that contains a quotation–concerning politics and writing (poetry, in this case–from Neruda’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech:


One of my favorite scenes from Il Postino, a comic/dramatic film about Neruda and an Italian postman, concerns the postman’s having borrowed one of Neruda’s poems and presented it as his own to a woman he wants to woo. Neruda calls him on it, asks why he essentially stole the poem, and the postman guilelessly answers, “But you said your poetry was for the masses” (my paraphrase).


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