Poetry: Reading ‘Keeping Quiet’

by Pablo Neruda⁣

Hi. Welcome to our very first episode. I’m your host Noel Woodward and this is For The Love Of.

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So our first episode is For The Love Of Poetry – Reading ‘Keeping Quiet’ by Pablo Neruda.

Pablo Neruda was a Chilean Poet – Diplomat and politician who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Neruda became known as a poet when he was 13 years old, and wrote in a variety of styles, including surrealist poems, historical epics, overtly political manifestos, a prose autobiography, and passionate love poems such as the ones in his collection Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair (1924).

It’s interesting how things really aren’t ever forgotten. All they need is a trigger like a sound or a smell or even reading certain words that have been strung together to form a narrative.

This fascination with ‘Keeping Quiet’ was rekindled back in Architecture School while writing a piece for an Ecology assignment – where the essay was juxtaposed with the poem – and once again after reading about the poet as well as listening to recitations of his work on brainpickings.org

If you haven’t heard of Brain Pickings then you’ve almost certainly been living under a rock. Head on over and check out Pablo Neruda’s Extraordinary Life, in an Illustrated Love Letter to Language where Maria Popova talks about an enchantingly beautiful children’s book Pablo Neruda: Poet of The People.

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