Pablo Neruda, need I say more?
It may sound odd, but I received the soundtrack to "Il Postino (The Postman)" as a birthday present when I was in my early teens. I had never heard of Pablo Neruda, and, to be honest, I'm not even sure I had seen the film at that point. But Neruda's words have since turned my head inside out and upside down with their beauty. In a world where it's sometimes difficult to find the simple elegance of language, Neruda's poems make it easy. I still sometimes find it difficult to believe that anyone could see the world this way, but every time I listen to this soundtrack, or read some of his poetry I'm so thankful that he did.