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The Gypsy Ballads of Federico Garcia Lorca

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Translations of "Preciosa and the Wind""Walking Asleep," "The Moon, The Moon" "Fracas," "The Gypsy Nun" "Black Trouble" "St. Michael (Granada)""St. Gabriel (Seville)""Dead of Love""The Man Who Was Given a Summons""The Comical History of Pedro, Knight""Walking Asleep""The Unfaithful Married Woman""The Martyrdom of St. Eulalie" "The Spanish Civil Guard" "Arres of littel Tony ...more
Hardcover, 5th, 64 pages
Published 1953 by Indiana University Press (first published 1928)
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Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
Over the course of 2017, I have read a number of poetry collections both by American born and foreign poets. While I find myself preferring contemporary poetry, I do respect classic collections and have some favorite poets who I prefer. As this is Hispanic Heritage Month, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and read the work of noted poet laureate Federico García Lorca. I had read his play Blood Wedding and Yerma in a Spanish literature course while in college and came to realize the depth of his work ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
Sex, violence, rape and death. This is stuff poems are made of. It is supposed to be deeply routed in Spanish culture. Lorca used to sing them when he was still in process of writing them in front of audience, and they left such a deep impact on people that they were quoted by other writers and inspired other works even before they were published. I guess they wells on the habbit people had world over (before Guttenberg) of making songs on the events that leave deep impact on imagination of peop ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lorca is THE reason to learn Spanish and keep up with it. Great in translation but perfection in the original
Roy Lotz
Romancero gitano is Federico García Lorca’s most popular poetry collection. It is a slim book, consisting of 18 poems, most of them no longer than three pages. The poems treat of Lorca’s native Andalusia—with religious processions, saint days, gypsy singers, civil guards patrolling at night. The collection is perhaps most famous for its iconic “Romance sonámbulo,” which contains Lorca’s most famous lines, ones which every Spaniard knows instinctively: “Verde que te quiero verde”—made into a well-known song by the band Manz ...more
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Not being satisfied with the sparseness of my initial review, I went out and bought the book (I have to return the library book soon) and plan to revisit the poems sooner rather than later.

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I wish my Spanish were better, because the lyricism of Federico García Lorca's poetry is evident even in a mediocre English translation. This is one of those collections of poetry to which I plan to return and spend a little more time. There is a real beauty to Romancero Gitano that calls out for a re
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-lit, poetry, spanish
This is the first complete book of Lorca's poetry that I have read, and I am certainly going to continue into his other collections.

The edition is good as well--very portable, but the print isn't too small. The introduction and final critical portion are very focused on the chronology in which these poems were written, which isn't of great interest to me but I can certainly understand the desire to trace out the poet's trajectory. Since he is one of the exemplary Spanish poets, who was very muc
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La gran ciudad lejana
esta ardiendo
y un hombre va llorando
tierras adentro.
Al Norte hay una estrella.
Al Sur un marinero.

How can you not adore this poet? He has been a part of my life for such a long time but everytime I go back to his works I always get stunned by the beauty of his images and his language.
Thank you Federico, your poetry touches something inside me I cannot even comprehend myself.
contains one of my favorite poems:

voiceless child

the little boy looks for his voice.
(it was held by the king of the crickets.)
the little boy looked in a water drop
to see if his voice was in it.

i don't want it for talking;
i'll make of it a ringlet,
a ring for my silence to wear
upon its tiny little finger.

the child searched in a drop of water
to see if his voice was in it.

(in the distance, his capti
Excellent little book put together by the University of Indiana Press as part of a poetry collection premiering in the early 1950's. The topics of life, death, love, sex and violence are as relevant today as they were when written over 85 years ago.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a handful of perfect ballads in this mix..
Nathan Albright
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2019
Rarely is a book more pregnant with ominous hints about an author's destiny than this book is.  Lorca, with whom I have been familiar with since high school when my Spanish teacher assigned his play "La Casa De Bernalda Alba" to our class, was certainly far more sympathetic to the gypsies than most people of his time (or ours) are, and this particular short book is full of poems, and meditations on poems, that give the sensitive reader a sense of what was lost when Lorca was put to death by the ...more
David Miller
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are beautiful poems that truly must be read in Spanish to be properly appreciated. I don't say that to sound pretentious, as I found myself constantly referring to the English translations when confronted with rare verbs, names of flowers and plants, and poetic inversions of word order. But reading the original Spanish, one becomes aware of a powerful balladic rhythm that simply isn't there in the English. It would seem the translators aimed primarily at preserving García Lorca's fantastic ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
There were many poems that didn't engage me very much (especially the ones whose detailed Christian references went over my head), but they were balanced with a number of poems that are among the best I have ever read (not that I've read a ton of poetry, but still), so I'm going to give Gypsy Ballads a four overall. I think Lorca's best poems are in some ways very simple (using a lexicon of very common and recognizable symbols), yet he ties his words in such a fascinating way that makes his poet ...more
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short collection of atmospheric, lyrical poems taking on the themes and settings of Andalucia and gitano culture. The poems are not simple but follow simple structures and powerful repetition like popular song, oral storytelling and mythology. Their short lines and regular rhymes create a fast, heroic pace and the stories they tell are full of travel, romance and violence. Lorca conjures semi-mystical landscapes, swirling with all four elements and bathed in moon and starlight. The flora and f ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I never get tired of reading these poems. Lorca's language is magical, ephemeral, rich and sensual. The way he uses colors, nature, people (gypsies!) and places (Andalucia!) to paint pictures is EXQUISITE!. His body of work is reason enough to learn Spanish, because no translation could ever do him justice.
J.M. Hushour
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The "Firefly" of 20th century poetry--a brief flare whose fiery trail across the sky leaves you running for the horizon to stay caught up with it. Sadly, it burns out and you're left wondering, "Why didn't I get more? We deserve more!". Too bad for you, and probably better that it ended when it did. Supreme poetry.
I'm rating it 3,5/5 because i feel i have to re-read it sometime in the future, it is very beautiful, but i need to read it in more depht, then i will have something better to say since it felt rushed.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The language and sound is beautiful, especially when read in Spanish. Lorca tends to use a lot of repetition, which really helps with the flow. Some tragedy, as usual.
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy, Andalucian, brilliant.
ryo narasaki
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this isn't the exact version that i read - the one i have is probably a pirated version and is falling apart. but i loved it.
Frances Haynes
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it at the time but many real problems. Highlight is way of describing physical things.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition seems tbat the book is kinda good...but I read it translated and i don't know anything about the culture of the i lost 90% of the book's use/fun...didn't understand much...
April Coady
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spanish poetry is beautiful. Enough said.
Dec 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the one and only poetry book I really love
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The gypsy ballads, in terms of telling stories, weren't as exciting, but the language and sound was beautiful.
John Bodley
Apr 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So gorgeous, the best part of language learning is reading and immersing yourself in poetry like this 🏵 ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have to read his poetry, never goes wrong.
I can help but think of García Lorca as a sort of resurrector. He finds his voice in the voice of an ancient past, the beauty in a land that once upon a time was magical, the imagery in old traditions and tales. His verses are natural, they come as if they were being sang by an inspired cantaor; the oral tradition flows through his pen. That mundo gitano reveals itself through him.

It's like a symbiosis. If García Lorca feeds on the Andalusian tradition, he also provides those old tales w
2.5 stars TBR
I can see why this is so well reviewed, but it's just not my kind of go-to book.
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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
“Verde que te quiero verde.
Verde viento. Verdes ramas.
El barco sobre la mar
y el caballo en la montaña.
Con la sombra en la cintura
ella sueña en su baranda,
verde carne, pelo verde,
con ojos de fría plata.”
“Pero yo ya no soy yo,
ni mi casa es ya mi casa.”
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