Isla Negra: A Notebook by Pablo NerudaIn the over one hundred poems contained in Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda fashioned a kind of poetic autobiography in which he set out to explore and gather the various lives or selves he had left behind him in the huge span of his writing existence. Written in his autumnal period, from the vantage point of Isla Negra, the small village on the Pacific coast of Chile which he came to regard as the center of his world, the book reads like a series of notes in which present and past interact, and is perhaps the most self-confronting of all his collections.
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Posted by Rachel Harris on April 29th, The spectacular location, on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is enough to impress anyone, but the house itself is the true attraction. Neruda, a voracious collector, unabashedly designed the home for his own whimsical enjoyment and filled it with the things that brought him pleasure: ship figureheads, insects under glass, seashells, bottles, antique shoes, musical instruments, smoking pipes, and more. The architecture of the house is wonderfully unique as well. The house rambles along the seaside cliff, one room to the next, and each room with its own distinct style and personality. Neruda had a deep fascination with the sea, but also a strong tendency to seasickness that kept him from actually entering it. Accordingly, he designed the house with a nautical theme, including low ceilings, wooden floors, and narrow passageways that give one the feeling of actually being on a ship.
The Isla Negra Museum House has an audio-guide system. This new system, included in the admission price, is available in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. Visitors are received on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to daily availability. Only visits from schools must be booked in advance. Dear visitor: Your visit to Isla Negra requires no prior reservation. The museum houses have a limited daily capacity and access is first-come, first serve.
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GoNomad Chile , South America 0. The rocky shoreline, shingled cottages and brackish air instantly reminded me of coastal Maine. I pictured Isla Negra to be an enchanting island in the Pacific Ocean where Neruda could enjoy complete solitude and have the ability to fully compose his thoughts into literary masterpieces. A Nobel Laureate and one of the greatest Spanish-language poets of the 20th century, Pablo Neruda was a prolific writer of passionate love poems, historical epics and political narratives. Forced into exile for his political views as a Senator in the Chilean government, Neruda would write what is claimed to be the general song of South America while hiding and being cared for in the homes of various Chilean families.
Spread over 42 hills, its mansions, houses, shanties and steep, cobbled roads are a sea-facing sprawl. This is not an island at all, but a gorgeous beach spot where, in , Neruda started building a house where he could work on his masterpiece, Canto General, and throw parties. It took two architects, with their demanding client advising, around 20 years to complete the house. Neruda travelled around Chile and overseas as senator and leading communist party member. He was also exiled for several years in Buenos Aires and Mexico. Every 10 minutes, up to 14 people are allowed into his Casa de Isla Negra, which they tour with an audioguide. The commentary is academic in detail and, if inevitably positive about Neruda, still enlightening.
It was his favourite house and where he and his third wife, Matilde Urrutia , spent the majority of their time in Chile. Neruda, a lover of the sea and all things maritime, built the home to resemble a ship with low ceilings, creaking wood floors and narrow passageways. A passionate collector, every room has a different collection of bottles, ship figureheads , maps, ships in bottles, and an impressive array of shells, which are located in their own "Under the Sea" room. Neruda fell in love with the house upon visiting the area and requested an advance from his original publisher Carlos George-Nascimento, who provided him with the money for the purchase. Neruda originally intended the house to be used as a meeting point for writers, and dedicated the place to Nascimento as a token of his gratitude. During the winter, the area is subject to heavy rains, which inspired Neruda to write his Oda a la Tormenta "Ode to the Storm". Isla Negra was also Neruda's inspiration for many other poems.