The Spirit Guide

'I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees', wrote the nobel prize winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in one of his best known love poems. For the 100th anniversary of Neruda's birth, Brian Keenan travels to Chile to follow in the footsteps of the much-loved poet, his 'spirit guide'.

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He meets Neruda's surviving friends to explore the life and work of the Chilean. He finds they have a lot in common, from secret childhood poetry to a love of collecting the most surprising things.

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Brian Keenan agrees with Pablo Neruda's view that poets should make war on war, and that it is poetry's responsibility to liberate people - rather than war. Using Neruda's poetry, Keenan makes a passionate plea for the power and the responsibilities of poets as an alternative to some of the current trends in global politics.