The book, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair is a collection of poems from the book "Poemaster" by Pablo Neruda. The book has five parts and are named after the five poems in it.This book was published in 1984 and was translated into English by Julian Barnes in 1985. It is written in both English and Spanish. There are over thirty-six pages each in the book, which helps to maintain the natural flow of poetry. It has a simple layout with short paragraphs to concentrate on just one poem at a time.