Fifty Spanish Poems: With English Translations

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Or there's the pious outdated lady, referred to as in Spain a beata: “ The outdated lady on the financial institution ” (Banquera)—bank within the feel of the musical banks in Samuel Butler’s Erewhon, that have been no longer the banks that we all know, yet church buildings. Se guarda los recibos en el seno. j Si fuera el cielo un banco, y las estrellas pesetas fijas . . . ! She places away the vouchers in her bosom. If basically Heaven have been a financial institution, and all of the stars have been pegged pesetas ! those have been entitled alejandrinos de cobre, alexandrines of copper alluding, probably, to that sinister personality within the Pauline Epistles, Alexander the Coppersmith. The satires have been known as poesias al reves, poems within out. many that have learn (and a few who've written on) the poetry of Juan Ramon Jimenez have over­ appeared them, although they're an incredible a part of his personality. “ Spain,” he has said,* “ is a rustic which, taken all in all, is deeply realist and falsely spiritual, Catholic instead of Christian, ecclesiastical instead of non secular, a rustic of roots and toes instead of of wings; and the genuine poetry of Spain, the one attainable form of written lyric poetry, used to be began by way of the emotions of Everyman (el sentir del pueblo) and by means of the few unusual mystics, *Poesia y literatura. Miami, 1944). Hispanic American stories, 2. [ sixteen ] college of whose panorama used to be the sullen rock and the marvellous sky. all of them attempt to fly, obviously; and hence the easiest Spanish lyrics were, and are, necessarily mystical, with God or with no him ; for the poet is a mystic, notwithstanding he doesn't inevitably have a god. ” it may be made fairly transparent that there's not anything in Juan Ramon Jimenez of that traditional Andalucian pose known as popularismo, so labored to loss of life via overseas writers on Spain, and certainly very important within the poetry of Villalon and Garcia L orca; notwithstanding there, it's transfigured and reworked into whatever deeper and extra tragic, and masses extra essentially Spanish. Lorca appears to be like in his poems whatever greater than “ the suggest sensual guy ” (and significantly greater than he really used to be in genuine life); and that, too, has been taken for a Spanish attribute, like his preoccupation with death—which seriously is not Spanish yet non secular. That back is popularismo. All 3 poets had fantastic, delicate natures, sensual within the top experience; however the such a lot delicate is definitely Juan Ramon Jimenez. In Villalon there's actual poetry—not (it has been mistakenly assumed) poetry of the bull-ring, yet of the gigantic dehesas: the pastures the place bulls are b re d ; the poetry of the breeder, fantastically fixed, with not anything however the lengthy grass and the sky, and a garrocha, or brief lance, in his hand in case of twist of fate. Villalon used to be a cattle-breeder. His ambition, he declared, was once to reproduce a bull with eco-friendly eyes; and he misplaced a fortune over it. yet he wrote attention-grabbing poetry; and after Romances del 800 within the prior demeanour of Garcia Lorca, he made a sensation within the past due ’twenties with poetry of a totally modem minimize. Juan Ramon Jimenez, from copying or describing what he observed, or permitting its life to be deduced from what he acknowledged, got here to occupy himself now not with items yet with the way in which mild fell upon them.

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