Poems of resistance: Pablo Neruda

“I’m Explaining A Few Things,”

“and ever since then fire,
gunpowder ever since,
and ever since then blood
Bandits with airplanes and with Moors,
bandits with finger-rings and duchesses,
bandits with black friars making blessings,
… kept coming from the sky to kill children,
and through the streets the blood of the children
ran simply, like children’s blood.

You will ask why his poetry
doesn’t speak to us of dreams, of the leaves,
of the great volcanoes of his native land?

Come and see the blood in the streets,
come and see
the blood in the streets,
come and see the blood
in the streets!”

Read more in Neruda’s Spain in the Heart.

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A romantic and a revolutionary, Pablo Neruda was one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th century. Originally written in Spanish, his poems often use straightforward language and everyday experience to create lasting impact.

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