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There are times when you just have to admit you don't get it. 

I've been reading more "great poets".   

Neruda *cough* is not as much appreciated as he probably ought to be.  

"EEMMV" =>  "Everyone Else's Mileage Must Vary" 


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Jun. 11th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Neruda is really uneven. He's got some good stuff, and a lot of stuff that is dull as dirt. Are you reading the Mitchell translation? (Or in the original Spanish?)
Jun. 11th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, it may well be the translations.

I read a few of the poems off the "greatpoets" community here, and then went searching across the web, where there were several translators and sometimes unattributed.

The poems... the ones I've seen have marvelous structure and moments of unexcelled imagery, and then seem to get slathered with indigestibly sappy goo. :(
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