Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and communist politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto.
With his works translated into manifold languages, Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century. Neruda was accomplished in a variety of styles ranging from erotically charged love poems like his collection Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair
poems, historical epics, and overtly political manifestos. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature
, a controversial award because of his political activism
novelist Gabriel García Márquez
once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language"