Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Book - 2002 | Revised bilingual edition.
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Spain's greatest twentieth-century poet and most influencial modernist speaks to a new generation of readers in this revised edition of his complete poetical works.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Edition: Revised bilingual edition.
ISBN: 9780374126155
Branch Call Number: 861.62 GARCIA
Characteristics: lxiv, 990 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 25, 2017

The appreciation of poetry is by its nature subjective, no two readers are likely to agree. This is a vast collection of Lorca's work spanning his entire productive life; it is therefore quite uneven in both style and quality. Some of his more traditional lyric pieces are truly wonderful (e.g. "Morning" from 1918 and "Summer Madrigal" from 1920). But much of his later work, influenced by the surrealism of his close friend Salvador Dali and others of the avant-garde persuasion, consists entirely of metaphor that becomes so dense as to be unintelligible, even its color and rhythm overwhelmed in obscurity. Some of the other sections strike me as trivial, almost throw-away pieces. On the whole, I found this huge volume, running well over 900 pages to be a disappointment -- a sizable load of ore but precious little gold. Having recently enjoyed collections of Umberto Saba and Anna Akhmatova, this one fails to measure up.


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