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Las Soledades es un poema de Luis de Góngora, compuesto en 1613 en silvas de versos endecasílabos y heptasílabos.

El poema nació como un proyecto dividido en cuatro partes que iban a llamarse «Soledad de los campos», «Soledad de las riberas», «Soledad de las selvas» y «Soledad del yermo». De este ambicioso poema, Góngora sólo concluyó la «dedicatoria al Duque de Béjar» y la...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Ediciones Catedra S.A. (first published 1613)
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In the Introduction, Alberto Manguel says that the “Solitudes is a poem ‘about’ nature, but the natural world in this work does not serve as the backdrop for a highly expressive love poem or spiritual meditation. It is there to be evoked for its own sake in the most rarefied, figurative, sensuous language because language itself, not its emotive referent or expressive content, is the intrinsic aesthetic component of poetry.” I could not do a better job summarizing this brilliant, obscure, and di...more
Let me start off by saying that well before finishing even the first Soledad (there are two), I knew I would have to go back and re-read these poems (which I intend to do).

John Beverley's introduction and footnotes are incredibly helpful, and sometimes nearly fill up entire pages. Good job, Catedra. Also, the inclusion of a back-and-forth between a critic and Gongora is wonderful because we get an idea of how the poet viewed his own writing.

I feel like I spent so much time trying to unravel thes...more
Edward Butler
At times dazzling, at times simply obscure, Góngora's bracing fragment is apt to remind us just how dizzying modernity was at its inception. There is so much archaism here that it is stupefying to discover that Góngora's moment feels at the same time as though, indefinitely prolonged, we are still in its midst.

This is definitely the translation to read; I tried Wilson's first, and it was impossible. I subsequently compared the present translation with another recent one, by John Dent-Young, and...more
Tiago Loureiro
Um dos 5 melhores livros da Humanidade. Recomendo!
Feb 08, 2011 Dusty rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dusty by: Cesar Salgado
Won't pretend I read this whole poem, start to finish -- but I did give it the old "college" try. I was certainly thankful for Dámaso Alonso's explanatory introduction and prose translation, even if his is just one of so very many possible interpretations of Góngora's so-called masterpiece.
Poema difícil donde los haya. Recomiendo esta versión, muy "limpia" de aparato crítico: la edición de Castalia supera las 1000 páginas para un conjunto que supera en poco los 2000 versos.
Great metaphorical reflections coupled with an infusing of the quotidian world with mythological reference. There's some great lines about owls too!!
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Luis de Góngora y Argote (11 July 1561 – 24 May 1627) was a Spanish Baroque lyric poet. Góngora and his lifelong rival, Francisco de Quevedo, are widely considered to be the most prominent Spanish poets of their age. His style is characterized by what was called culteranismo, also known as Gongorism (Gongorismo). This style existed in stark contrast to Quevedo's Conceptismo.
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Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea Antología poética Obras poeticas de d. Luis de Gongora. Sonetos Completos Poemas de Gngora

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