Pablo Neruda doesn't mean to suggest the poems were written early in the poet's career. Rather, [William Pitt] Root presents Neruda's earliest efforts at ode composition. As far as Neruda poems go, these are good, if a bit on the let-me-do-a-writing-exercise-as-a-way-of-defeating-writer's-block side. (He wrote these during a transition between wives.) Slender in their form--with only three or four words per line--the odes tower like tall, ornamental agaves, blooming century plants spiked with crisp language instead of bright flowers.
from Tucson Weekly: William Pitt Root succeeds at translating Pablo Neruda's early verse