Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
an admirable concern to keep lines open to writing in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America.
Seamus Heaney

The Captain's Verses

Pablo Neruda

Translated by Brian Cole

Cover of The Captain's Verses by Pablo Neruda, Classics Edition
10% off
Categories: 20th Century, Latin American, Spanish and Catalan, Translation
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Paperback (208 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2020)
9781784109240
£14.99 £13.49
  • Description
  • Author
  • Reviews
  • This dual language edition is reissued as a Carcanet Classic

    Pablo Neruda wrote the poems in Los versos del capitán as a celebration of his love for his third wife, Matilde Urrutia – a love affair that is itself celebrated in the acclaimed film Il Postino. Originally published anonymously in 1952 to spare his second wife’s feelings, this bilingual edition is the book’s first publication in Britain. Brian Cole’s translations display all the qualities of vivid imagery, sensuousness, simplicity and passion for which Neruda’s poetry is famous.
    Pablo Neruda
    Pablo Neruda (1904–73) was born in Parral, Chile. He published his first book of poems in Santiago in 1921. From 1927 to 1945 he served as Chilean consul in Rangoon, Java and Barcelona. Much influenced by events in the Spanish Civil War, he joined the Communist Party after World War Two. ... read more
    Brian Cole
    Brian Cole studied French and German at the Queen’s College, Oxford in the 1950s. He has worked as an executive for multinational companies. He translated Spanish and Italian poetry, lives in Wiltshire and runs the Brindin Press, whose website is devoted to poetry in translation: www.brindin.com ... read more
    'This is Neruda at his most, expansive, extravagant and ecstatic'

    Andy Croft, The Morning Star
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog Roped to Catullus: Isobel Williams read more New Poetries VIII: Vahni Capildeo on Padraig Regan read more Louise Glck: On Realism read more Padraig Regan: NPVIII: Meet the Contributor read more Bare Writing: Martina Evans read more New Poetries VIII: Alex Wong on Nell Prince read more
Find your local bookshop logo
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2021 Carcanet Press Ltd