Mitchell, widely known for his original and definitive translations of spiritual writings and poetry, has taken the work of Neruda (1904-1973), whose poems are passionate, humorous, and exceptionally accessible, and brought them to life for a whole new generation of listeners. Mitchell has selected nearly 50 poems for this collection, which focuses on Neruda's mature period, beginning with Elemental Odes, published when he was 50 years old, and ending with Full Powers, published when he was 58.
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Odes to the Mundane, etc.
Beautiful Poems and Performance, but Slight Echo
Stephen Mitchell carefully reads each poem with conscious and clear pacing that emphasizes the nuances of Pablo Neruda's words. The translation is accurate.
Neruda's poems are beautiful, thoughtful, humorous and touching. Mitchell gives them life with his voice.
Yes, but there was a bit of an haunting sounding echo after each word was read. It wasn't bad, but it was a little distracting because there isn't any real strong silent pauses that would add impact to Neruda's words as read by Mitchell.
- Wayne Erik