The Machine as an Act of Peace

In 1973, shortly before his death, Pablo Neruda, one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed poets, declared poetry to be an act of peace. Perhaps this was not an unanticipated declaration, given that Neruda’s life had been filled as much with diplomatic service as it had with poetry, gradually clarifying his commitment to human rights and political action at the same time as he was developing himself as a world-renowned poet.