Collected Poems: Revised Bilingual Edition


A revised edition of this major writer’s complete poetical work

And I who was walking

with the earth at my waist,

saw two snowy eagles

and a naked girl.

The one was the other

and the girl was neither.

     —from ”Qasida of the Dark Doves”

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A revised edition of this major writer’s complete poetical work

And I who was walking

with the earth at my waist,

saw two snowy eagles

and a naked girl.

The one was the other

and the girl was neither.

     —from ”Qasida of the Dark Doves”

Federico García Lorca is the greatest poet of twentieth-century Spain and one of the world’s most influential modernist writers. Christopher Maurer, a leading García Lorca scholar and editor, has substantially revised FSG’s earlier edition of the collected poems of this charismatic and complicated figure, who—as Maurer says in his illuminating introduction—“spoke unforgettably of all that most interests us: the otherness of nature, the demons of personal identity and artistic creation, sex, childhood, and death.”

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[The translations are] both ingenious and accurate, setting a very high standard for translation of verse from Spanish.” —Michael Wood, The New York Review of Books
New York Review of Books
[The translations are] both ingenious and accurate, setting a very high standard for translation of verse from Spanish.
Michael Wood
[The translations are] both ingenious and accurate, setting a very high standard for translation of verse from Spanish.
The New York Review of Books
From The Critics
Spanish poet García Lorca (1898-1936) represents one of the last century's greatest examples of the artist at work in society. A lifetime of concern for social injustice led to his execution at the hands of one of Franco's death squads at thirty-eight. García Lorca's interest in music and his gift as a playwright instill a narrative quality to his work; even the most impressionistic of poems expresses movement and light. The collection is a veritable Bible of poetic forms, dramatic textures and aesthetic invention.
—Stephen Whited

Publishers Weekly
As readerly interest in Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) soared over the last 10 years, so too did scholarly attention to Lorca's work. A number of lost manuscripts were unearthed, and new, more authoritative translations, as well as a definitive four-volume collected works in Spanish, were published based on the findings. All this has inspired a new edition of Lorca's Collected Poems. Edited by Christopher Maurer (who also put together the last edition), the new bilingual edition includes the works from Poet in New York (previously published as a separate volume), newly recovered poems (including complete versions of the cycles "Fairs" and "Summer Hours") and some updated translations. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Life in the shadow of death, desire frustrated at every turn, and speech overtaken by the unknown are the concerns of this charismatic Spanish poet and dramatist. In the past decade, Lorca (1898-1936) has become an icon, and because so many new manuscripts, translations, and commentaries have surfaced, the previous edition of his collected poems (LJ 3/15/92) has been expanded and revised. It now incorporates Poet in New York (LJ 2/1/88), a volume of poems he composed during the nine months in 1929-30 that he spent in the city, which he deemed "one of the most useful experiences" of his life. Also included is a more "reliably ordered" version of one of the poet's most ambitious early sequences, "In the Garden of the Lunar Grapefruits," and some new translations by Angela Jaffray, Robert Nasatir, Jerome Rothenberg, and Galway Kinnell. All in all, the revised edition has about 100 more pages of text and about seven more pages of notes. The original edition should suffice for general collections, but for collections specializing in poetry or Spanish literature, this revised version should not be missed. Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This badly needed edition of Garcia Lorca's poetry in English, which modestly claims not to be ``definitive,'' includes every poem written by the acclaimed Spanish poet except Poet in New York ( LJ 2/1/88). Assembled in the light of recent scholarship, its contents have been rendered into English by newer translators such as Alan S. Trueblood, Catherine Brown, Will Kirkland, and Greg Simon; older translators such as Stephen Spender, Langston Hughes, and Ben Belitt are not represented. Generally, rhyme and assonance are sacrificed to the ``silent counterpoint of poetic meaning,'' and old-fashioned diction is avoided. Thematically, Garcia Lorca is a poet of frustrated desire and his work throbs with unfulfillment. The volume ends with 70 pages of notes that contribute to bibliographic, semantic, and exegetical understanding as well as a bibliography of various Garcia Lorca editions and other works cited in the notes. Highly recommended for all poetry collections.-- Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374526917
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 1056
  • Sales rank: 356,109
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico García Lorca was born in 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros, a few miles outside Granada in the province of Andalusia, southern Spain. From an early age he was fascinated by Spain's mixed heritage, adapting its ancient folk songs, ballads, lullabies, and flamenco music into poems and plays. By the age of thirty, he had published five books of poems, culminating in 1928 with Gypsy Ballads, which brought him far-reaching fame. In 1929-30 he studied in New York City, where he wrote the poems—among his most socially engaging and compelling—that were to be published posthumously (and famously) as Poet in New York. Upon returning to Spain he devoted much of his attention to theater, "the poetry which rises from the page . . . and becomes human." In 1936, at the outset of the Spanish Civil War, he was shot to death by anti-Republican rebels in Franco's army, and his books were banned and destroyed.

Christopher Maurer, the editor of García Lorca's Selected Verse, Poet in New York, and other works, is the author of numerous books and articles on Spanish poetry. He is head of the Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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Table of Contents


Introduction, by Christopher Maurer


(Translated by Catherine Brown)


(Translated by Cola Franzen, Christopher Maurer, and Robert Nasatir)


(Translated by Jerome Rothenberg)

Appendix to SUITES

SONGS, 1921-1924

(Translated by Alan S. Trueblood)


(Translated by Will Kirkland and Christopher Maurer)


(Translated by William Bryant Logan, Greg Simon, and Steven F. White)


(Translated by Greg Simon and Steven F. White)


(Translated by Greg Simon and Steven F. White)

"Childhood and Death"


(Translated by Greg Simon and Steven F. White)


(Translated by Catherine Brown)


(Translated by Catherine Brown)


(Translated by Galway Kinnell)


(Translated by Angela Jaffray)

OTHER SONNETS, 1923-1936

(Translated by Christopher Maurer)


ard(Translated by Christopher Maurer)

Notes to the Poems, by Christopher Maurer


The Translators

Index of Titles and First Lines

Índice de títulos y primeros versos

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