Monday, September 23, 2013

"This date in science: Pablo Neruda and the beauty of the universe" from EARTH SKY

"September 23, 1973. Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of the great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). Michael West, Director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory, sent this image. He wrote:
Astronomical imagery often figured in Neruda’s poetry, for example one of his poems begins: Every day you play with the light of the universe. Another poem titled “The Future is Space” describes black space with room for many dreams.
In the attached composite image (made from photos I took in Chile) I’ve included a portion of Neruda’s poem titled “La Poesia” in which the Nobel Prize winner described the feeling of discovering poetry as a youth, comparing it to the beauty of the universe."
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1 comment:

Cindy Silverstein said...

My introduction to Pablo Neruda's poetry was a small volume of his work given to my daughter. My love for his work grew when I saw the Italian movie "Il Postino", the story of a humble postman who asks Neruda for lessons in writing romantic poetry in order to capture the heart of a beautiful young woman. The poetry and the music in this movie were exquisite, and a perfect match for each other. Roger Ebert said that he didn't know if the story were true and that he liked not knowing.