Selected Poems of Miguel Hernandez: A Bilingual Edition

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In the Spanish-speaking world, Miguel Hernández is regarded as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century-equal in distinction to Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. He has never received his just acclaim, however, in the English-speaking world, a victim of the artistic oppression exercised during the period of Francisco Franco's totalitarian regime. Determined to silence the writer Neruda fondly referred to as his "wonderful boy," Franco sentenced Hernández to death, citing as his...

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In the Spanish-speaking world, Miguel Hernández is regarded as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century-equal in distinction to Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. He has never received his just acclaim, however, in the English-speaking world, a victim of the artistic oppression exercised during the period of Francisco Franco's totalitarian regime. Determined to silence the writer Neruda fondly referred to as his "wonderful boy," Franco sentenced Hernández to death, citing as his crime only that he was "poet and soldier to the mother country." Despite the fact that complete and accurate versions of his work in Spanish were difficult to obtain for nearly fifty years, Hernández went on to achieve legendary status.

Now, for the first time, Ted Genoways makes Hernández's extraordinary oeuvre available in an authoritative bilingual edition. Featuring some of the most tender and vigorous poetry on war, death, and social injustice written in the past century, nearly half of the poems in this volume appear in English for the first time, making it the most comprehensive bilingual collection of Hernández's work available. Arranged chronologically, The Selected Poems of Miguel Hernández presents Hernández's remarkable emotional range as well as his stylistic evolution from the Romantic shepherd poet to poet of the prison cell. Thorough annotations and introductory essays illuminate the biographical basis for many of Hernández's poems, while a foreword by Robert Bly and a eulogistic ending piece by Octavio Paz provide a striking frame for the work of this essential poet.

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Vivid, often volatile imagery describes wrenching emotions and events in The Selected Poems of Miguel Hern ndez: A Bilingual Edition, translated and edited by Ted Genoways (ed., Burning the Hymnal). Hern ndez (1910-1941), a Spanish poet constantly plagued by Franco's dictatorial regime, spent his adult life in and out of prison, worrying about his destitute wife and child and unable to reach the larger literary world thanks to censorship. Though other Spanish-speaking poets, such as Neruda, and the broader Spanish-speaking world, read him passionately, Hern ndez died in prison at age 31 of tuberculosis. Raw, passionate, despairing and celebratory, these poems are a true discovery. Other contributing translators include James Wright, Robert Bly (who also provides a foreword), Edwin Hoenig and Philip Levine. Photos. ( Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226327730
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 409
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Miguel Hernández was born in Orihuela in 1910. He died of tuberculosis in 1942.

Ted Genoways is the author of Bullroarer, winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. He is also the coeditor of A Perfect Picture of Hell: Eyewitness Accounts by Civil War Prisoners from the 12th Iowa.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword: Miguel Hernandez at This Moment
Preface
Acknowledgments
Translation Credits
My Idea of a Poem 2
The Bull 22
The Bullfighter 24
The Barber 26
Oven and Moon 28
Undertaker and Cemetery 30
Summer War 32
A knife that eats flesh 36
Will this beam of light 40
While you were guiding home a school of sharks 42
You threw me a lemon 44
Your heart? - it is a frozen orange 46
Overshadowed by pain, nearly black 48
After having dug up this fallow site 50
From your feet where loveliness ends 52
It would be less painful 54
I have accustomed these bones to grief 56
It kills me, you're so pure and chaste 58
I have an affection for your voice 60
My heart can't go on any longer 62
Sad, sonorous, silence of metal 64
I call myself clay though Miguel is my name 66
If blood too, like hair 70
The bull knows at the end of the fight 72
Perhaps now, of their own volition 74
I know to see and hear a sad vexation 76
No. I will not conform. But I despair 78
Do you recall that neck, a memory ago? 80
I cast the net, scatter the seed's stock 82
Like the bull I was born for doom and pain 84
It tires me so much to step 86
To the pouring of your voice's 88
The peasants ramble down a single path 90
Rainy eyes, like storm showers 92
Death, enclosed in a bull's hide 94
Elegy 96
Final Sonnet 100
Elegy 116
My Blood Is a Road 122
Death's Neighbor 128
Smile at Me 134
Dawn of the Hatchets 138
Bloody Fate 142
Have Plenty of Heart 148
First Elegy 156
Sitting upon the Dead 164
Winds of the People 170
The Olive Harvesters 174
The Plowboy 178
Gather This Voice 182
To the International Soldier Fallen in Spain 192
Sweat 194
Song of the Soldier Husband 198
Worthy of Being a Commander 204
Memorial to the 5th Regiment 212
Song of the Antiaircraft Gunner 218
War Lyric 222
First Song 228
The Soldier and the Snow 230
The Wounded Man 234
Hunger 238
The Letter 244
The Prisons 250
July 18, 1936 - July 18, 1938 256
The Train of the Wounded 258
Mother Spain 262
Last Song 266
The cemetery lies near 280
What does the bitter wind want? 282
Waltz Poem of Those in Love and Inseparable Forever 284
You were like a young fig tree 286
The sun, the rose, and the child 288
Each time I pass 290
A photograph 292
Carry me to the cemetery 294
Grassblades, nettles 296
All the houses are eyes 298
Love climbed between us 300
Rustling eyelashes 302
The aged in the villages 304
To My Son 306
Everything is full of you 310
Sad wars 312
Child of Light and Shadow 314
from The Rain 324
Before Hatred 326
Mouth 332
Ascension of the Broom 336
After Love 338
The world is as it appears 342
War 346
Lullabies of the Onion 350
The Last Corner 356
To Sing 362
Lament of the Thirsting Man 366
To smile with the cheerful grief of the olive tree 368
Child of the Night 370
The man does not rest ... 374
I live in shadow, filled with light 376
Imagination's Tomb 378
Eternal Darkness 380
Epilogue: 1942 387
Gather This Voice ... 390
Notes 395
References 401
List of Contributors 403
Index of Titles and First Lines 405
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