The Golden Age: Poems of the Spanish Renaissance

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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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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615599639
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (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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Table of Contents

Verses written on the death of his father 5
Sonnet I 43
Sonnet X 45
Sonnet XXIII 47
Sonnet XXIX 49
Song V 51
Eclogue I 65
Stanza : upon leaving prison 105
Ode III (to Francisco Salinas) 107
Ode VIII : quiet night 113
Ode XIX : on the ascension 121
Song II : the dark night 129
Song III : flame of living love 133
Sonnet LXXXII (amorous) 139
Sonnet CLXV 141
Sonnet CLXVI 143
Ballad XLIX (amorous) 145
Lyric XIX (sacred) 151
Sacred rhymes : I 155
Instant sonnet 161
Human rhymes : Sonnet LXI 163
Various songs : folk song VII 165
Metaphysical poems 2 173
Metaphysical poems 3 175
Metaphysical poems 6 177
Metaphysical poems 8 179
Amorous poems 181
Psalm XVII 183
Psalm XVIII 185
Psalm XIX 187
Sonnet 145 193
Sonnet 147 195
Sonnet 148 197
Sonnet 164 199
Sonnet 165 201
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