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Pablo Neruda

Neruda's Participation in Modernism

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            Neruda wrote most of his works during the twentieth century, he published over forty volumes of poetry for the world to enjoy. Neruda’s position in the literary movement of Modernism led him not only to write beautiful poetry but to actively participate in politics as well. The Modernist literary movement created the idea that conventional forms of art, literature, and ideals were outdated. These modernists created the new age of literature including writers such as James Joyce and William Faulkner. The modernist movement encouraged the idea that it was time for a change in social standings within the world; traditional arts were outdated and tiresome.

            Throughout Neruda’s poetry, evidence of his participation in modernist activity is easily located. His political ideals also encourage the modernist design of new reform amongst the people. Neruda’s poetry reflects his principles through his close relationship with nature and strongly expressed ideas of communism. Although Neruda was in exile because of his involvement in the communist regime of Chile, his political standings stood strong and his morals and ethics continued without question, especially within his poetry.

            Modernism was one of the most significant literary movements of literature, thousands of authors belonged to its novels, volumes, and essays, from hundreds of various countries. Neruda belonged to the modernist movement in literature and became one of the most well known Spanish poets of the twentieth century. His involvement in the communist party served as a muse for his writing, as well as his frustration with tradition. Neruda’s participation in the modernist movement of both literature and politics helped surround the world with diversity and independence.  

Pablo Neruda by Richard Montero CGHS