Category Archives: Neruda (Pablo)

The Always Overflowing Sea

Neruda’s “Ode to the Sea” can also be an exploration of our relationship to God.

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Poetry & the Sea Liberate the Imprisoned

For Pablo Neruda’s, the “poet’s obligation” is to speak for freedom–which makes poetry vital important in our time.

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Neruda on Machu Picchu’s Healing Powers

Neruda’s “Heights of Macchu Picchu” describes how the lost city of the Incas revitalized his faith in humankind.

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The Thrill of Bird Watching

Sports Saturday I don’t know if bird watching is a sport or not, but it’s the activity that my recently deceased father engaged in for exercise. Although from his childhood he was nearly blind in one eye and couldn’t look straight up without experiencing vertigo, he was an excellent birder and just needed the tiniest […]

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Rand Paul’s Misadventures with Poetry

Senator Rand Paul’s often may misapply poetry, but the poems he chooses tell us a lot about Rand Paul.

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