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Selected Poems

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Federico Garcia Lorca is perhaps the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers, known not only for his plays but also for several collections of poems published both in his short lifetime and after. Lorca's poetry is steeped in the land, climate, and folklore of his native Andalusia, though he writes memorably of New York and Cuba too. Writing often in moder ...more
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press (first published 1915)
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Brandon Montgomery Most of them are great, and yes, they're "clean," despite some occasional mentions of nakedness and light innuendos. Strictly PG rated stuff, you…moreMost of them are great, and yes, they're "clean," despite some occasional mentions of nakedness and light innuendos. Strictly PG rated stuff, you won't wind any graphic Allen Ginsberg type poems. (less)
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Khashayar Mohammadi
Vivid, lyrical and imaginative. A handful of breathtaking poems hide withing this fantastic collection of poems, along with their Spanish original.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetshere

I have lost myself in the sea many tunes
with my ear full of freshly cut flowers,
with my tongue full of love awl agony.
I have lost myself in the sea many times
as I lose myself in the heart of certain children.

It has been a meandering weekend, laden with thoughts on consciousness and narrative, These thoughts led to a certain brooding. Most of the selected work here appeared lighter, odes to tranquility and affection. My soul wasn't overly callous for such but neither did it bloom.

These clippe
Anastasja Kostic
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics, owned
U početku mi se nisu dopale pesme , a onda sam naletela na ovu i još par pesama i oduševila sam se.

Crni su im konji
Crne potkovice
Na ogrtačima sijaju
mrlje mstila i voska
Nose, zato ne plaču
lobanje od olova.
Sa dušom crnom kao lak
idu drumom.
Pogureni i ćutljivi,
kuda prođu , naređuju
ćutanje tamne gume
i strah finog peska.
Idu kad im se prohte
i u glavi kriju
nejasnu astronomiju
nekonkretnih revolvera.

O ciganski grade!
Na uglovima zastave.
Mesec i tikva
sa slatkim od višanja.

O ciganski grade!
Ko te je vide
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Y si la muerte es la muerte,
¿qué será de los poetas
y de las cosas dormidas
que ya nadie las recuerda?
* * *
If death is death,
what then of poets
and the hibernating things
no one remembers?
σελ. 2-3

An incredible collection. An instant five stars rating.

Αυτή η υπέροχη δίγλωσση έκδοση της σειράς Oxford World Classics, περιέχει τα καλύτερα από τα ποιήματα του μεγάλου Ισπανού ποιητή Φεδερίκο Γκαρθία Λόρκα.

Αυτό που κάνει αυτή τη συλλογή τόσο απολαυστική είναι που υπάρχει το ποίημα στην αριστερή σελίδα σ
Marwa Eletriby
أمضي وأنا جاهل بالماء
باحثًا عن موت يفنيني ضوءه
Patrick Gibson
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
...because he is amazing and beautiful. Here's why:

"Life is not a dream. Careful! Careful! Careful!
We fall down the stairs in order to eat the moist earth
or we climb to the knife edge of the snow with the voices of the dead dahlias.
But forgetfulness does not exist, dreams do not exist;
flesh exists. Kisses tie our mouths
in a thicket of new veins,
and whoever his pain pains will feel that pain forever
and whoever is afraid of death will carry it on his shoulders."

May 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
زیر درختان نارنج
کهنه های کتان را می شوید
چشمانی از سبزه داردو
آوازی از بنفشه ها

دریغا عشق
زیر درخت نارنج پر شکوفه

آب جویبار
می رفت سرشار از آفتاب
وآواز می خواند
گنجشکی به زیتون زار

دریغا عشق
زیر درخت نارنج پر شکوفه

پس آنگاه که لولا
صابون را یکسره تمام کند
گاوبازان از راه خواهند رسید

دریغا عشق
زیر درخت نارنج پر شکوفه

vi macdonald
You know what's wrong with the poems of Federico García Lorca?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

I loved this selection so much that I immediately went out and bought a volume of his complete works because I needed more - I just couldn't get enough of the guy.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
گزيده اشعار فدريكو گارسيا لوركا
Dan Arama
"The first time
I didn’t know you.
The second time I did.

Tell me
if the air tells you so.

One sharp morning
I grew sad
and was seized
by the impulse to laugh.

I didn’t know you.
But you knew me.
Yes I knew you.
You didn’t know me.

Now a month stretches
between us two,
no feeling,
like a screen of grey days.

The first time
I didn’t know you.
The second time I did."

There are not many things in this world so natural and beautiful like Lorca's poetry.
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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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“The night below. We two. Crystal of pain.
You wept over great distances.
My ache was a clutch of agonies
over your sickly heart of sand.”
“El remanso de aire
bajo la rama del eco.

El remanso del agua
bajo fronda de luceros.

El remanso de tu boca
bajo espesura de besos.


The still waters of the air
under the bough of the echo.

The still waters of the water
under a frond of stars.

The still waters of your mouth
under a thicket of kisses.

- Variación / Variations
Translated from the Spanish by Lysander Kemp”
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