Monday, August 11, 2014

The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda

From Kate's Writing Crate…


        Looking for inspiration? Flip open The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

        His questions don't have answers per se; they make you consider. Ponder. Laugh. Think. Feel.

        A few of my favorites from pages 3, 14, 20, 40, and 47, respectively:


                Tell me, is the rose naked

                or is that her only dress?


                Who shouted with glee

                when the color blue was born?


                And why did cheese decide

                to perform heroic deeds in France?


                What do they call the sadness

                of a solitary sheep?


                In the middle of autumn

                do you hear yellow explosions?



        Think of some questions of your own or write down your thoughts after reading some from the book. The author was playful with many of his questions including on page 32:


                Is there anything sillier in life

                than to be called Pablo Neruda?



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