A Reader's Guide to Fifty Modern European Poets

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Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)

Born in Fuentevaqueros, Granada, the eldest son of a rich farmer. Suffered a serious illness soon after his birth which left him with a slight limp. Fascinated by the theatre from an early age. A brilliant musician in both the classical and the folk-song traditions. Educated in Granada and in Madrid, but not of an academic disposition; a close friend of Salvador Dali and associated with all the leading Spanish literary figures in the capital. Left Spain for New York in the wake of accusations that he was homosexual; spent some time in Cuba. Returned to Granada, where he knthusiastically welcomed the Spanish Republic Of 1931. Visited Argentina in 1933 and lived in Madrid. Largely occupied in the writing of plays after the phenomenal success of his Romancero Gitano in 1929. Murdered in Granada by Nationalists.

Garcia Lorca is the one modern Spanish poet whose life and work have taken on a symbolic and representative character in the minds of readers throughout the world; so popular has Lorca been that in some quarters his name is considered effectively synonymous with modern poetry in the Spanish language. His exceptionally vivid and vibrant verse has had much to do with his posthumous fame; but it is the manner in which he met his death -- murdered by Nationalists during the Spanish Civil War -- which has given Lorca an eminence above all the other luminaries of a prodigiously gifted, but tragically dispersed, generation of writers. Amid much which remains unclear, it is evident that the murder of Lorca was conceived and carried out as a political act; yet Lorca cannot,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Preface 9
  • Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) 13
  • Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-98) 23
  • Paul Verlaine (1844-96) 32
  • Tristan Corbière (1845-75) 40
  • Arthur Rimbaud (1854-91) 47
  • Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) 56
  • Stefan George (1868-1933) 64
  • Christian Morgenstern (1871-1914) 73
  • Paul Valéry (1871-1945) 80
  • Hugo Von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929) 88
  • Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) 97
  • Antonio Machado (1875-1939) 108
  • Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) 118
  • Aleksandr Blok (1880-1921) 127
  • Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881-1958) 136
  • Umberto Saba (1883-1957) 143
  • Dino Campana (1885-1932) 150
  • Gottfried Benn (1886-1956) 158
  • Georg Trakl (1887-1914) 166
  • Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) 173
  • Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) 181
  • Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960) 190
  • Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) 197
  • Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) 206
  • Osip Mandelstam (1891-1938 215
  • César Vallejo (1892-1938) 225
  • Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) 234
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) 243
  • Paul Éluard (1895-1952) 259
  • Eugenio Montale (1896-1981) 266
  • Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) 276
  • Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) 284
  • Jorge Luis Borges (born 1899) 292
  • George Seferis (1900-71 ) 301
  • Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-68) 308
  • Lucio Piccolo (1901-69) 316
  • Attila József (1902-37) 324
  • Pablo Neruda (1904-73) 333
  • René Char (born 1907) 344
  • Cesare Pavese (1908-50) 351
  • Yannis Ritsos (born 1909) 360
  • Octavio Paz (born 1914) 368
  • Johannes Bobrowski (1917-65) 376
  • Paul Celan (1920-70) 383
  • Vasko Popa (born 1922) 392
  • Yves Bonnefoy (born 1923) 400
  • Yehuda Amichai (born 1924) 408
  • Zbigniew Herbert (born 1924) 416
  • Joseph Brodsky (born 1940) 424
  • Bibliographies 432
  • Index 461
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