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    • POEM: Saddest Poem by Pablo Neruda (3/7/2007 9:42:00 PM)

      This is of course Poema de Amor 20

      The heart of this poem is:

      I no longer love her, true, but perhaps I love her.
      Love is so short and oblivion so long.

      translated elsewhere:

      'Love is so short, forgetting is so long'

      or: '..., forgetting lasts so long'

      The Spanish is ambiguous:

      'Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido'

      can be glossed as both:

      1. 'Love is so short, and oblivion is so long' AND
      2. 'Love is so short, and forgetting takes so long.'

      I like the contrast this translation sets up, between love and oblivion.

      The consonance of these two words works very well.

      But this line loses sense number 2.

      This is a very good translation, does anyone know who did it?

    • POEM: A Song Of Despair by Pablo Neruda (3/7/2007 9:22:00 PM)

      Second Stanza, there is a typo, it should be corrected.

      Abandoned like the WHARVES at dawn.

      Not DWARVES

      (This is not Snow White)