Lorca: An Appreciation of His Poetry

Lorca: An Appreciation of His Poetry

Lorca: An Appreciation of His Poetry

Lorca: An Appreciation of His Poetry

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THE TIME is past when Lorca's steadily growing popularity could be ascribed to the dramatic circumstances of his murder during the Spanish Civil War. The memory of the wave of publicity on which his name was first launched as a martyr for communism would by now have caused a reaction against him in English-speaking countries if the worth of his work had not transcended all political emotions. Even in literary circles, where sincerity is so often subordinated to book-sales, and where ideas, long due to be buried, are kept going by means of artificial respiration, such as that administered by the Third Programme of the B.B.C., we can see from such books as The God that Failed that authors who proved the most gullible to sensational propaganda during the events surrounding Lorca's death are belatedly trying to readjust themselves to the actual world unfortunately some fifteen or twenty years after it really matters.

That Lorca's reputation has continued to grow is a sign that good taste still lurks furtively somewhere in the background, in spite of all the changeable political emotions rampaging in the limelight. It is well established that Lorca had no political tub to thump; that his murder was due to a private grudge; that it was . . .

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