This is a comprehensive ('though by no means complete) collection by the Chilean who is acclaimed by many as Latin America's greatest contemporary poet. For the English-speaking public, this is the first major selection of Neruda's works, and the poems are brilliantly translated by Ben Belitt, with each of the Spanish texts appearing on the facing pages. The chronological arrangement of the poems allows the reader to follow the evolution of the poet's thought and style, unified by his extremely sensual apprehension of the world around him and his acutely active political involvement (particularly in Latin America and Spain). By way of introduction, Luis Monguio, Professor of Spanish at the University of California, discusses at length Neruda's position in literature and polities, and the translator adds a very articulate essay on the poet's style and poetics. Both are extremely valuable for English-speaking readers who come to Neruda's poems for the first time. An important and provocative collection.