A dynamic documentary on Latin America's most renowned poet, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Neruda was a public poet, statesman, activist, and Nobel Laureate who attained mythic stature in his lifetime. An incurable romantic, incorrigible womanizer, and unrepentant militant communist, Neruda's contradictions found poetic expression in an aching lyricism and potent political verse. He invented a new poetic voice, distinctively Americano, rooted in Latin America's native cultures and untamed geography. Neruda wrested poetry from the rarified atmosphere of the salon and gave it to the people, a communal voice rooted in oral tradition, fired by raw passion and the struggle for justice. "Poetry is like bread," he wrote. "It should be shared by all, by scholars and peasants, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of Man." Compelling biography represents an idea larger than its individual subject-in the case of Neruda, the theme of el deber del poeta, the poet's calling. For Neruda, ... Written by
To be released in conjunction with new W.W. Norton biography "Pablo Neruda: The Poet's Calling" by Mark Eisner
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The problem of the future in our world and in yours, is man himself. In my poem, 'The Heights of Macchu Picchu,' I use a vision of ancient men to understand the men of today. From the Inca to the Indian, from the Aztec to the contemporary Mexican peasant, our homeland, America, has magnificent mountains, rivers, deserts, and mines rich in minerals. Yet the inhabitants of this generous land live in great poverty. What then should be the poet's duty.