Pablo Neruda and cosmic beauty

earthsky.org | 9/23/2018 | Deborah Byrd
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Image composed via Photoshop by Michael West. Poem by Pablo Neruda.

September 23, 1973. The great Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) died on this date, 45 years ago. A few years ago, astronomer Michael West of Lowell Observatory sent the image above. He wrote:

Imagery - Neruda - Poetry - Example - Poems

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.

Image - Photos - Chile - Portion - Neruda

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.

… As you know, Neruda’s homeland of Chile, which he loved, is now home to many of the world’s greatest telescopes, including the future European Southern Observatory...
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