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Atenea (Concepción)

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LOYOLA, Hernán. Lo que el más grande amor: Sobre Eros y Tánatos en Neruda. Atenea (Concepc.) [online]. 2004, n.489, pp. 23-36. ISSN 0718-0462.

We analyze a notion that Pablo Neruda introduces in his verses as an entity that he deliberately avoids naming: The Greatest Love. The verse The Greatest Love, which belongs to the first stanza of "Alturas de Macchu Picchu" (1946) seems to be the most adecuate poetic formula to isolate this unnamed entity. The unnameable is death with its onmiscient character and its terrorific connotations that mankind has assigned or been obliged to assign to it in history. By omitting the unnameable Neruda underlines the fact that in the territory of The Greatest Love, death does not exist as a frightening emptiness because it is linked to its contrary movement, life as continuity, fecundity and movement, in other words, the greatest love.

Palabras clave : The greatest love; Eros; Thanatos; Clío; Unnameable.

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