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Selected Poems

Federico Garcia Lorca

Edited by J.L. Gili

Translated by J.L. Gili

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 88 4
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: April 2010
197 x 130 x 15 mm
192 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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    Casida de la rosa

    La rosa
    no buscaba la aurora:
    casi eterna en su ramo,
    buscaba otra cosa.

    La rosa,
    no buscaba ni ciencia ni sombra:
    confín de carne y sueño,
    buscaba otra cosa.

    La rosa,
    no buscaba la rosa.
    Inmóvil por el cielo
    buscaba otra cosa.


    Casida of the Rose

    The rose did not seek the daybreak: almost eternal on its bough, it sought another thing.
        The rose did not seek knowledge or shade: boundary of flesh and dream, it sought another thing.
        The rose did not seek the rose. Motionless in the sky it sought another thing.

    Translated by J.L. Gili
     

    J.L. Gili’s selection of Lorca’s poems in Spanish, with his own unassuming prose versions as guides to the originals, first appeared in 1960. With its excellent introduction and selection it remains a perfect introductory guide to the great poet. The book is ideal for newcomers to Lorca who know, or are prepared to grapple with, a little Spanish. It influenced a generation of readers and poets, including Ted Hughes who first encountered Lorca through this book.

    Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico García Lorca (1898–1936), Spain’s most celebrated modern poet, was born in 1898 near Granada. Poet, dramatist, musician and artist, he was the author of The Gypsy Ballad Book (1928), Poet in New York (1940) and the three tragedies, Blood Wedding (1933), Yerma (1934) and The House of Bernarda Alba (1936). ... read more
    J.L. Gili
    J.L. (Joan) Gili (1907–1998) was born in Barcelona and lived in England from 1934. A scholar, translator, publisher and bookseller, Joan Gili ran the Dolphin Book Company in Oxford for many years. His first Lorca translations, made in collaboration with Stephen Spender, appeared in 1939. As well as his Lorca Selected ... read more
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