Pablo Neruda’s “The Sea”

The sea, the ocean, the beach is a part of my soul.  Some of my happiest memories are tied to the sea.  I’ve sat on the sand and pondered life.  I’ve walked along the shore and felt peace.  I’ve gazed out into the horizon and felt melancholy.  I’ve played in the water and experienced utter joy.  I’ve marvelled at the expanse and power of the ocean and I’ve revelled in beauty of sea.

I need the sea because it teaches me…

What it taught me before, I keep. It’s air

ceaseless wind, water and sand.

This poem is a beautiful ode to the give and take of sea.  To me, the ocean is presented as a reflection of life itself.

The sense of wonder captured by this poem is present in the rhythm of both the English and Spanish versions.


The Sea by Pablo Neruda

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El Mar por Pablo Neruda

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Hope you also have fond memories of time spent at the seaside.

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I’m a Latin American Studies teacher, teaching Latin American History and Politics and Basic Spanish. I love reading, writing, teaching and travelling. 

3 thoughts on “Pablo Neruda’s “The Sea”

      1. Thank you, Kim. I hope that this problem can be resolved soon.

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