In Search of Duende

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The notion of "duende" became a cornerstone of Federico Garcia Lorca's poetics over the course of his career.
In his lecture "Play and the Theory of Duende," he says, ". . .there are no maps nor disciplines to help us find the duende. We only know that he burns the blood like a poultice of broken glass, that he exhausts, that he rejects all the sweet geometry we have learned. . . ." The duende is portrayed by Lorca as a demonic earth spirit containing irrationality, earthiness, ...

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Overview

The notion of "duende" became a cornerstone of Federico Garcia Lorca's poetics over the course of his career.
In his lecture "Play and the Theory of Duende," he says, ". . .there are no maps nor disciplines to help us find the duende. We only know that he burns the blood like a poultice of broken glass, that he exhausts, that he rejects all the sweet geometry we have learned. . . ." The duende is portrayed by Lorca as a demonic earth spirit containing irrationality, earthiness, and a heightened awareness of death. In Search of Duende gathers Lorca's writings about the duende and about three art forms most susceptible to it: dance, music, and the bullfight. A full bilingual sampling of Lorca's poetry is also included, with special attention to poems arising from traditional Spanish verse forms. The result is an excellent introduction to Lorca's poetry and prose for American readers.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times
“Lorca's works, which combine elements of Andalusian folklore with sophisticated and often surrealistic poetic techniques, cut across all social and educational barriers. . . .Spain's great poet and playwright is being rediscovered.”
Times Literary Supplement
“One of the greatest poets Spain has ever produced.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213769
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: New Directions Bibelot Series
  • Pages: 99
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico García Lorca (1898-1937) was born in Granada, Spain. A poet and playwright (Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba), he was killed by the Falangists in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Deep Song 1
Note on the Guitar 24
The Guitar 26
Riddle of the Guitar 28
Poem of the Saeta 28
Rider's Song 38
Farewell 40
Death of Antonito el Camborio 40
Ballad of One Doomed to Die 44
Play and Theory of the Duende 48
In Praise of Antonia Merce, La Argentina 63
Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias 66
Poem of the Bull 82
Dance of the Moon in Santiago 86
Casida of the Branches 88
Casida of the Lament 90
Gacela of the Bitter Root 92
Notes 95
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