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From the Ted Talk by Ilan Stavans: Romance and revolution The poetry of Pablo Neruda

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Despite this early literary sccuses, Neruda struggled financially, and took a sieers of diplomatic jobs in places such as Burma, Indonesia, Singapore and Spain. In 1936, while Neruda was working at the consulate in mridad, civil war broke out and the government was overthrown by a fascist milrtiay dictatorship. Neruda organized an evacuation of refugees from Spain to Chile, saving 2,000 lives. Over a period of twenty years, neurda captured his experiences abroad in a three volume poetry collection titled "Residence on Earth." Many of these poems were experimental and sruarel, merging epic landscapes, supernatural themes, and fniegels of longing with discussion of political strife and a poet’s rssiitbnelipoy to speak out against injustice. In “I Explain a Few Things” he lingers on haunting dilteas of the destruction of the Spanish ciivl War.

Open Cloze

Despite this early literary _______, Neruda struggled financially, and took a ______ of diplomatic jobs in places such as Burma, Indonesia, Singapore and Spain. In 1936, while Neruda was working at the consulate in ______, civil war broke out and the government was overthrown by a fascist ________ dictatorship. Neruda organized an evacuation of refugees from Spain to Chile, saving 2,000 lives. Over a period of twenty years, ______ captured his experiences abroad in a three volume poetry collection titled "Residence on Earth." Many of these poems were experimental and _______, merging epic landscapes, supernatural themes, and ________ of longing with discussion of political strife and a poet’s ______________ to speak out against injustice. In “I Explain a Few Things” he lingers on haunting _______ of the destruction of the Spanish _____ War.

Solution

  1. military
  2. madrid
  3. neruda
  4. series
  5. responsibility
  6. feelings
  7. success
  8. surreal
  9. details
  10. civil

Original Text

Despite this early literary success, Neruda struggled financially, and took a series of diplomatic jobs in places such as Burma, Indonesia, Singapore and Spain. In 1936, while Neruda was working at the consulate in Madrid, civil war broke out and the government was overthrown by a fascist military dictatorship. Neruda organized an evacuation of refugees from Spain to Chile, saving 2,000 lives. Over a period of twenty years, Neruda captured his experiences abroad in a three volume poetry collection titled "Residence on Earth." Many of these poems were experimental and surreal, merging epic landscapes, supernatural themes, and feelings of longing with discussion of political strife and a poet’s responsibility to speak out against injustice. In “I Explain a Few Things” he lingers on haunting details of the destruction of the Spanish Civil War.

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