Pablo Neruda: Chile

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Pablo Neruda: Chile

Pablo Neruda: Chile

What Shaped Him: A close advisor to President Salvador Allende (father of author Isabel Allende), Neruda led a life steeped in the politics and poetry of his Chilean nation. His famous "Cien sonetos de amor," or "100 Love Sonnets," evoke numerous landscapes from across his home country -- like the snow-capped volcanoes of the Frontera region where Neruda grew up and the sea views he enjoyed from his home on Isla Negra. In 1971, Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature "for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams."

Relive the Story: In 1947, Neruda was forced underground in his own country due to his protests against the government's policies. Visit the port city of Valparaiso, where Neruda hid in the basements of various friends and admirers for nearly two years. His former home on Isla Negra is open and available to the public, and houses items such as the tuxedo he wore to accept his Nobel Prize.

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