Ode to Walt Whitman and Other Poems

Ode to Walt Whitman and Other Poems
Collected here in one bilingual edition are new translations of four small books of poems that were published during Federico García Lorca's lifetime and span his most creative years. First Songs, poems inspired by the Andalusian countryside are comparable in style and theme to those in his masterpiece Poem of the Deep Song. This charming little book was given by Lorca to his friend Manuel Altolaguirre and his wife as a gift to their first child. Ode to Walt Whitman, a passionate meditation on homosexuality in a society that proscribes it, is perhaps the best-known book to have come out of the poet's New York Cycle of poems, a damning vision of urban life under capitalism. Perhaps Lorca's finest poem, A Flood of Tears for Ignacio Sanchez Mojis, is a moving elegy to his friend, a renowned bullfighter who was also a writer and a hero to a generation of poets. With Six Galician Poems, written in the Galician language, Lorca returns to themes of the simple life and folklore of the Spanish people. Published only a few months before the Spanish Civil War broke out, this book--a classic of Galician literature--never won the prominence it deserved.

Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Books, 1988
ISBN: 9780872862128
Branch Call Number: 861.6 G216o
Characteristics: xi, 84 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bauer, Carlos


From Library Staff

A master of poetry! This is a great introduction to Lorca if you have not yet read him because the poems are exquisitely written and the book itself is small and can be read quickly (or in my case, a few times over and over). After you read this collection, try his collection Poet in New York.

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