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The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance
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The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance

by Edith Grossman (Translator), Billy Collins (Introduction)
 
The Spanish Renaissance-a period of glory that endured from the late fifteenth through the seventeenth century-comes to life in its greatest poems. With passionate fervor and a stylistic brilliance, renowned translator Edith Grossman presents here the great masters of Spanish poetry, including Jorge Manrique, Garcilaso de la Vega, Luis de Gongora, and Sor Juana Ines

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The Spanish Renaissance-a period of glory that endured from the late fifteenth through the seventeenth century-comes to life in its greatest poems. With passionate fervor and a stylistic brilliance, renowned translator Edith Grossman presents here the great masters of Spanish poetry, including Jorge Manrique, Garcilaso de la Vega, Luis de Gongora, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the nun whose haunting poetry embodied the voice of Mexico.

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Library Journal
Addressing what she calls "the stunning lack of familiarity in the English-speaking world" with the poetry of the Spanish Renaissance, Grossman, translator of Cervantes and Gabriel Garc a M rquez, offers a compact anthology of 40 shorter poems by eight 15th- and 16th-century poets. Combining artistic magnificence with the savagery of its religious persecution, the Spanish golden age produced poetry spanning a wide gamut of emotions and conceptualizations. Grossman's selections range from the filial piety of Jorge Manrique and the mysticism of San Juan de la Cruz to the humor of Lope de Vega. Also featured are sonnets by Mexican nun Sor Juana In s de la Cruz, who eventually was persuaded to repent of her erudition and dispose of her 4000-book library. Not included is Juan Boscan, who taught his friend Garcilaso (the better poet, who is included) the vogue of Italian versification and collected and preserved his friend's works after he was killed in battle. Unencumbered by archaisms, Grossman's English is modern but not jarringly so. She has assembled a superb introduction to the poetic riches of the period for all libraries. Jack Shreve, Allegany Coll. of Maryland, Cumberland Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393060386
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet the Author

Acclaimed for her best-selling translations of Cervantes, Gabriel García Márquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa, Edith Grossman has received many awards including the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. She lives in New York City.

Billy Collins was the Poet Laureate of the United States and the State of New York. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College and a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute. A Literary Lion of the New York Public Library and author of many collections of poetry, including Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds and Horoscopes for the Dead, he lives in Westchester, New York.

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