Happy Birthday to Pablo Neruda

July 12, 1904

Birthday of Pablo Neruda (1904 –1973), poet, political activist and diplomat, born in Parral, Chile.  He was elected as Senator in the Communist Party, and was forced into hiding and exile when the party was banned in Chile.   In 1952, his stay at an Italian villa on the island of Capri inspired the popular film “Il Postin”  (“The Postman”, 1994).  In 1971, Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his sometimes political and always beautiful and evocative poetry.