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"If nothing saves us from death, may love at least save us from life". Tribute to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, born #OnThisDay in 1904. 📰 https://on.unesco.org/2utUivFToday marks Pablo Neruda’s 114th anniversary.. Neruda was born on 12 July 1904 in Parral, central Chile. His real name was Ricardo Eliécer Neftalí Reyes Basolato, but he adopted “Pablo Neruda” as his pen name (and later legal name) by mid-1920, and it is thought to have derived this name from the Cezch poet Jan Neruda.

Neruda was a poet and a diplomat. He occupied many diplomatic positions in various countries throughout his life and he served as Chilean Ambassador in Paris and permanent delegate to UNESCO in 1970. His literary work included surrealist poems, historical epics, political manifestos and love poems, such as the ones in his collection “21 Love Poems and a Song of Despair”, “100 Love Sonnets” or “Intimacies: Poems of Love”. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.

Pablo Neruda has revealed many aspects of his life in diverse autobiographic writings, whether in prose or in verse, essentially in his Memorial de la isla negra and in his autobiographical volume ‘Confieso que he vivido’ (I confess that I have lived). Although the manuscript was interrupted by his death on 23 September 1973, the book was published in March 1974, a few months after his death, giving us valuable information that sheds light on the life and work of the Chilean poet, diplomat, politican, playwright and essayist who was, one of the most emblematic intellectual symbols of the twentieth century in Latin American.

Neruda was a fervent activist for social justice and democracy and he actively opposed imperialism, concerned about the defence and recognition of Amerindian civilizations and dialogue between civilizations. A man of his time and place, Pablo Neruda adhered to the communist ideal during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939). This conviction was reinforced by his adhesion to the Communist Party, which seemed to him – under the imminent threat of the Cold War and the division of the world between East and West – to be the only bulwark capable of defending his country, his region and the world against imperialist domination. Confronted with the dramatic urgency of Cold War geopolitics, and despite the facts and revelations about the abuses suffered by that ideal, Neruda never abandoned his stance. He did not question his acceptance of the communist ideology, even if some of his texts expressed disagreement.

Like a breath tinged with romanticism, it impregnated his eventful life as a traveler of the world, and so determined the political action that ran through his work, which was recognized very early on, and which brought together, under the sign of poetry and passion and with extraordinary generosity, the characters of the Epicurean and the militant, the diplomat and the exile, the thinker and the man of action.

Neruda is often considered the national poet of Chile and his works have been popular and influential worldwide.

Learn more about his life and works here: https://on.unesco.org/2utmY7P

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If nothing saves us from death, may love at least save us from life. Tribute to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, born #OnThisDay in 1904. 📰 https://on.unesco.org/2utUivF

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