Neruda on the Poet’s Pact

“Poetry is a deep inner calling in man; from it came liturgy, the psalms, and also the content of religions. The poet confronted nature’s phenomena and in the early ages called himself a priest, to safeguard his vocation. . . . Today’s social poet is still a member of the earliest order of priests. In the old days he made his pact with the darkness, and now he must interpret the light.”

–Pablo Neruda

6 responses to “Neruda on the Poet’s Pact

  1. I wonder….what is a “social” poet?

  2. Love this quote. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. New forms of darkness…as well as light….

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