Born in Chile on July 12, 1904, we recognize Pablo Neruda 112 years later as a political activist and eclectic poet. As a Communist holding several Chilean governmental posts, Neruda faced danger when Radical Party presidential candidate Gabriel González Videla turned against the Communist Party. After the Communist Party was banned from Chile over the course of the next year, he traveled around Europe whilst in exile and began writing. One of his most famous works, “Tonight I Can Write,” was highly controversial for being sexually explicit. In contrast, Neruda’s “Ode to My Socks” is a great example of his odes that celebrate and praise everyday objects.
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