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    On Mar 19, 2020 Ted Mayer wrote:

    Beautiful poem, and I'm grateful you've reminded me of it. There is an error in the translation given here, following "whales." It should read (following the Spanish original): "and the man gathering salt / would look at his hurt hands." Neruda's idea here is that the man gathering salt would have a moment's rest, in which he would notice and look at his hands that are hurt by the work he does.


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    On Mar 24, 2020 LB wrote:

    Yes, please fix the translation


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    On Apr 10, 2020 k wrote:

    Agreed, the mistake totally changes the feeling of the original


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