One of the world’s most beloved poets is Pablo Neruda. Neruda was born in Chile in 1904 and lived until 1973. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. If you are planning to learn Spanish in Chile, you undoubtedly want to become familiar with Neruda and his work. He holds a very dear place in the hearts of not only Chileans, but also lovers of poetry worldwide. After completing your Spanish immersion progr
you will be able to read Neruda’s words in their original language as opposed to an English translation.
Neruda’s showed tremendous ability and talent even as a boy. His first work Spanish Magazine was published when he was only 13 years old. When he was a teenager, he was able to continuously publish his work in newspapers and magazines. While, Pablo Neruda was born as Ricardo Eliezer Reyes Basoalto, he chose his pen name from the name of the Czech poet Jan Neruda.
If you learn Spanish in Chile, you will be walking the same streets as Pablo Neruda did, and you will be able to see many of the sites that gave him inspiration. Pablo Neruda owned three different houses in Chile, which are now museums that you can tour. You can easily visit La Chascona in Santiago, La Sebastiana in Valparaiso and Casa de Isla Negra. Further, Casa de Isla Negra is where Neruda is buried. La Chascona is a particularly impressive house to visit. Pablo Neruda built it for his wide Matilda, and it includes his collection of unique art and eccentric collections.
Other parts of Latin American also inspired Neruda and his work as well. For example, when he visited Machu Picchu he was inspired to write Alturas de Macchu Picchu, which is a 12-part poem about the ancient American civilizations. Further, he attended the University of Chile when he was only 16. At the time, he was considering becoming a teacher.
Pablo Neruda also traveled the world extensively. The government employed him to participate on honorary consulships. He visited locations including Burma, Ceylon, Madrid and Singapore. He was also appointed consul for the Spanish emigration and lived in Paris. Pablo Neruda also resided in Mexico after being appointed Consul General in Mexico.
In addition to being a poet, Neruda was also a politician. In 1945 in Brazil, he read to 100,000 people to honor Communist leader Luis Carlos Prestes. Throughout his life, Neruda supported Communism. He even was a collaborator with Chilean President Salvador Allende, who was a socialist. However, it is important to note that Neruda himself was nominated as a presidential candidate.
Pablo Neruda’s work has been translated into many languages, but, of course, it is most powerful if you can read it in its original Spanish. This is one of the many benefits you will gain by attending a Spanish immersion program. While people around the world cherish Neruda’s work, not everyone has the opportunity to read it in its native language.