Poems of Gongora

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Many students of Spanish literature will have encountered some of G?ngora's poems. No Spanish poet is grater or more rewarding, but few are as difficult for the beginner. His style is a habit of mind: radically metaphorical, elliptical, witty, highly sensuous, transmuting the world of the sense into a world of the spirit. To read him, one has to learn these characteristic habits and perform athletic mental feats as one goes along. It would be too easy to say that Professor Jones has made G?ngora 'easy'; but he ...

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Overview

Many students of Spanish literature will have encountered some of Góngora's poems. No Spanish poet is grater or more rewarding, but few are as difficult for the beginner. His style is a habit of mind: radically metaphorical, elliptical, witty, highly sensuous, transmuting the world of the sense into a world of the spirit. To read him, one has to learn these characteristic habits and perform athletic mental feats as one goes along. It would be too easy to say that Professor Jones has made Góngora 'easy'; but he has certainly made him more accessible. A long introduction briefly deals with Góngora's life, and then gives solid critical guidance to the poems. It includes passages of sustained and detailed analysis which explain how characteristic poems 'work' and it incorporates original insights and research. The notes are full and are designed to help the reader through the difficulties by offering critical comment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521093811
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1966
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Introduction: 1. Biography; 2. Góngora's poetry; 3. Themes; 4. The Soledades; 5. The Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea; 6. Further Reading; Part II. Poems: 1. Soledad Primera; 2. Fábula de Polifemo y Galatea; 3. Sonnets; 4. Romances; 5. Letrillas; 6. Décimas; Notes on the poems; Index.

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