Pablo Neruda (nee Basoalto) is in my estimation, the greatest poet of the 20th Century, who has intimate, deep relevance today. Student, teacher, editor, diplomat, politician, myth sayer, Nobelist, and most importantly, humanist.
A fiery poet of leftist politics and love, stirring both body and soul, rebellious against superficial manners and inane social customs which hide nature’s and man’s beauty and justice.
I toast his myths, imagination and humor. I drink to his understanding of “love” and his language of every day life.
How shall I pair this word genius, this multi dimensional poet with a specific wine? Do I do him justice with the finest champagne, the most carefully constructed cognac, the most elegant and complex Chilean wine? My words are stifled, drowned by the dramatic, sensual tsunami of his thoughts and talent.
“I drink to the word, raising
a word or a shining cup;
in it I drink
the pure wine of language……..
……cup and water and wine
give rise to my song”
from “The Word” by Neruda.
Elliot O. Lipchik