Captain's Verses
Pablo Neruda

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Narrated By: Armando Durán

Duration: 1 hour and 23 minutes

What to expect

Pablo Neruda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, finished writing The Captain’s Verses in 1952 while in exile on the island of Capri―the paradisiacal setting for the blockbuster film Il Postino (The Postman). Surrounded by sea, sun, and Capri’s natural splendors, Neruda addressed these poems to his lover Matilde Urrutia before they were married, but he didn’t publish them publicly until 1963. This complete collection has become a classic for love-struck readers around the world―passionately sensuous and exploding with all the erotic energy of a new love.

Genre

Poetry

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“These love poems…each one is gorgeous—and so gorgeously read by Armando Duran that the listener may want to stop after one or two and think about them, rather than moving straight through the collection. Neruda is the definitive Spanish-language poet of the twentieth century, and his love poems hold a place comparable to Shakespeare’s sonnets in the English-speaking world. Duran seems to be channeling the poet, carrying us from the first burst of carnal love to Neruda’s other passion, revolutionary politics. This is a production to be savored like a fine cognac.”