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Lorca & Jimenez: Selected Poems

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A unique gathering of poems by two great twentieth-century poets, with the original Spanish versions and powerful English translations on facing pages. In a new preface, editor and translator Robert Bly explores what the poems reveal today about politics, the spirit, and the purpose of art.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 30th 1997 by Beacon Press
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There is a whole world of crushed rivers and unachievable
distances (Federico García Lorca)
But two has never been a number-
because it’s only an anguish and its shadow,
it’s only a guitar where love feels how hopeless it is,
it’s the proof of someone else’s infinity, (Federico García Lorca)
Memories, that one night,
suddenly, come alive,
like a rose in the desert,
like a star at noon,
-the stronger burning in this cold nothingness-
landmarks of the best
life a man has,
which is hardly lived at all!

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Jan 03, 2012 Marike added it
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Lorca & Jiminez: Selected poems; chosen and translated by Robert Bly

A selection of poems from two reputed Spanish poets. All the poems are presented with the Spanish on the right-hand side of the page and the English translation on the left.

From Juan Ramon Jimenez there are poems from his ‘Early Poems’; Diary of a poet recently married; and ‘Later Poems’. Maybe I was just not in the right mood, but for me too many of the poems were love poems and it did not slip away from the infatuated mod
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Feb 08, 2008 Derek H rated it really liked it
Not so keen on Bly's translations, but at least he had the good sense to do the facing-page originals...
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Sep 14, 2013 Katie Herring rated it really liked it
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Some great lines in here. Some were quite light, while others were haunting.
Jan 04, 2010 Guy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like it more than I did, but still excellent.
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Born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Spain, June 5,1898; died near Granada, August 19,1936, García Lorca is one of Spain's most deeply appreciated and highly revered poets and dramatists. His murder by the Nationalists at the start of the Spanish civil war brought sudden international fame, accompanied by an excess of political rhetoric which led a later generation to question his merits; after the i ...more
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