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Shadow of Paradise
Begun in 1939, barely four months after the close of the Spanish Civil War, these poems by the Nobel Laureate poet Vicente Aleixandre were written during a period of hardship and despair. In spite of his surroundings Aleixandre created the splendor of the shadow of a lost paradise that consisted of memory, nostalgia, yearning and illusion. This is the first full English ve ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 3rd 1993 by University of California Press
(first published January 1st 1972)
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Jan 17, 2016 Scott Cox rated it really liked it
Vicente Aleixandre composed these poems in 1939, shortly before the end of the Spanish Civil War and after the end of what is often called the "Second Golden Age" of Spanish art & writers. This was a dark period for Spain, and for the world. My favorite, the last two lines from the poem "The Body and the Soul : "Soul of love that holds vigil but is reluctant to depart, and at last withdraws tenderly cold."
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.More about Vicente Aleixandre...