Selected Poems of Luis de Gongora: A Bilingual Edition

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Known as the “Spanish Homer,” Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561–1627) is widely considered to be Spain’s greatest poet. He was both praised and vilified during his lifetime, but his reputation waned in the years after his death; in the 1920s, he was championed by the Modernists, including Federico García Lorca, and influential critics of Spanish literature, including Dámaso Alonso. Famous for intricate metaphors in baroque style and syntax, Góngora has even been immortalized as a literary term: a “gongorism” ...

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Overview

Known as the “Spanish Homer,” Luis de Góngora y Argote (1561–1627) is widely considered to be Spain’s greatest poet. He was both praised and vilified during his lifetime, but his reputation waned in the years after his death; in the 1920s, he was championed by the Modernists, including Federico García Lorca, and influential critics of Spanish literature, including Dámaso Alonso. Famous for intricate metaphors in baroque style and syntax, Góngora has even been immortalized as a literary term: a “gongorism” connotes an involved Latinate style. Yet despite his influence and reputation, Góngora is not well known to English-speaking readers. Selected Poems of Luis de Góngora aims to change that.

Making the poet available to contemporary readers of poetry without denying him his historical context, Selected Poems of Luis de Góngora represents Góngora as master of many genres and a writer whose life and poetry are closely intertwined. His verse speaks of the hardships of love, current events, friendship, the trials of life at court, and the beauties of his beloved Córdoba. His ballads and lyrics embrace a great variety of subjects: stories from the border warfare between Moors and Christians, tales of romance, the treacheries of ambition, and above all, a self-mocking autobiography and his own, often irreverent, versions of famous literary themes.

John Dent-Young’s free translations capture Góngora’s intensely musical voice and transmit the individuality and self-assuredness of the poet. The first significant edition of this seminal and challenging poet in a decade, Selected Poems of Luis de Góngora will find an eager audience among students of poetry and scholars studying the history and literature of Spain.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Góngora is the Spanish baroque poet par excellence. His works reach dazzling rhetorical and linguistic heights.
Góngora captured what he saw and perceived and then added verbal flourishes that make the world the micocosm and the word the macrocosm....Gifted and daring, Dent-Young attempts to produce translations that could stand on their own and that give Góngora 'a human voice.'"—Choice 
International Poetry Review

“[This] translation will be a good introduction to English-speaking readers interested in one of the Baroque’s greatest poets. The selection gives such readers a good idea of Góngora's range, and the translations are readable while still reflecting the poet's style.”
New York Times Book Review - David Orr

“Góngora is one of the most significant figures in Spanish early modern literature.”
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"G?ngora is the Spanish baroque poet par excellence. His works reach dazzling rhetorical and linguistic heights.
G?ngora captured what he saw and perceived and then added verbal flourishes that make the world the micocosm and the word the macrocosm....Gifted and daring, Dent-Young attempts to produce translations that could stand on their own and that give G?ngora ''a human voice.''"-Choice
International Poetry Review
"[This] translation will be a good introduction to English-speaking readers interested in one of the Baroque''s greatest poets. The selection gives such readers a good idea of G?ngora''s range, and the translations are readable while still reflecting the poet''s style."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226140599
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Series: The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Ser.
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dent-Young is a freelance editor and translator who has also translated from Mandarin Chinese. He was a lecturer in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for nearly twenty years.

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Table of Contents

 
Introduction

I  Shorter poems: ballads, sonnets and letrillas

II  Soledad I   c.1612          First Solitude

III  The Fable of Polyphemus and Galatea c.1612

IV  Pyramus and Thisbe  1618
 
Commentary and notes 
Bibliography
Index of Titles and First Lines

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