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“For the Nobel Prize to come to Aleixandre now is fitting, not only because of the energy and intensity of his own poetry, but because it comes at this moment in Spanish history.”—The New York Times

A Longing for the Light is the only available bilingual Spanish-English translation of the poetry of Nobel Laureate Vicente Aleixandre. The collection spans the entirety of Alei
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Copper Canyon Press (first published 1979)
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jeremy
Mar 31, 2014 jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, translation
spanning nearly a half-century, a longing for the light collects poems from throughout vicente aleixandre's career. the spanish poet, nobel laureate (1977), and member of the generation of '27 (along with garcía lorca, cernuda, alberti, and guillén, amongst others) wrote in many different styles - beginning with the surrealism that so defined his early work. while most of his poems tend towards to doleful and elegiac, they are also frequently beautiful and concerned with the nature of man, time, ...more
Sophia
Apr 15, 2009 Sophia rated it it was amazing
Imagine tripping on acid under the stars while a skinny, withered-looking old man tells you all his deepest secrets. These are poems that breathe, rather than sit coldly on the page waiting to be analyzed. Although I'd love to think of myself as a passionate devourer of poetry, the unfortunate fact is that my mind is too fickle and impatient to tolerate most of it. This is strange because I love "poetic" prose and "poetic" movies, but there you have it.

Given my confessed know-nothing stance, I'm
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christopher leibow
This has currently been republished by Copper Canyon. An amazing selection of poems, of surrealistic wit but an underlying sadness. He is part of the generation that came out of Spain in the 20's that burst across the land like a celestial roman candle. See poems on pages, 15, 45, 155,

Here is and excerpt from Death in the Waiting Room (prose poem)


" ...He hugged her like music. It made his ears whistle. The echoes, the tunes from a dream, were held there, hesitating in their throats like very sad
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Apr 05, 2015 metaphor rated it it was amazing
I'm all alone. The waves; shoreline, listen to me.
In front of me, the dolphins or the sword.
The usual certainty, things without limits.
This tender head that's not yellow,
this sobbing stone made of flesh.
Sand, sand, your cry's the same as mine.
You don't live in my shadow like a breast,
you don't pretend that the sails, that the moving air,
that a wind from the north, an enraged wind
is going to shove your smile out to sea
and steal the great ships from the blood.

Love, love, restrain your sullied foot
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May 24, 2016 Imen Benyoub rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
My Voice

I was born one summer night
between two pauses . Speak to me: I'm listening.
I was born. If you could only see what suffering
the moon displays without trying.
I was born . Your name was happiness.
A hope under the radiant light, a bird .
Arriving, arriving. The sea was a pulse,
the hollow of a hand, a warm medallion .
So now they're all possible: the lights, the caresses, the skin, the horizon,
talking with words that mean nothing,
that roll around like ears or seashells,
like an open lobe that da
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George
Dec 07, 2007 George rated it it was amazing
Poet John Bradley gave me an earlier edition of this wonderful book in 1983, I believe, and Aleixandre's poetry changed my life forever. Though I'd read other of his work before then, I discovered that this edition, gathered together by Lewis Hyde (who wrote The Gift), contains the best selection and group of poems (sometimes translated by others) available. Aleixandre too often gets overlooked when we talk about the Spanish Generation of '27. This book will not disappoint.
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Spanish poet, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1977. Vicente Aleixandre has been called an existentialist, a mystic pantheist, and a neoromantic. Although Aleixandre did not consider himself an orthodox surrealist, his poems contained surrealistic images and Freudian subconscious associations. Central motifs are erotic love, solitude, time, and death.
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