Selected Verse

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Selected verse from the poet who “expanded the scope of lyric poetry” (Rafael Campo, The Washington Post).

The work of Federico García Lorca, Spain’s greatest modernist poet, has long been admired for its emotional intensity and metaphorical brilliance. The revised Selected Verse, which incorporates changes made to García Lorca’s Collected Poems, is an essential addition to any poetry lover’s bookshelf. In this bilingual edition, García Lorca’s poetic range comes clearly into ...

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Overview

Selected verse from the poet who “expanded the scope of lyric poetry” (Rafael Campo, The Washington Post).

The work of Federico García Lorca, Spain’s greatest modernist poet, has long been admired for its emotional intensity and metaphorical brilliance. The revised Selected Verse, which incorporates changes made to García Lorca’s Collected Poems, is an essential addition to any poetry lover’s bookshelf. In this bilingual edition, García Lorca’s poetic range comes clearly into view, from the playful Suites and stylized evocations of Andalusia to the utter gravity and mystery of the final elegies, confirming his stature as one of the twentieth century’s finest poets.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Garcia Lorca’s poems remain influential, mysterious, and some of the most emotional we have.” —The Bloomsbury Review

“The entire poetic spectrum of Spain’s greatest modern poet and dramatist is showcased . . . Lorca scholar Maurer has chosen well from all 10 of Lorca’s published poetry collections as well as from a selection of previously uncollected works, and the translations are superb.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374528553
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 940,332
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico García Lorca was born in 1898 in southern Spain. From an early age he was fascinated by Spain’s mixed heritage, adapting its folk songs, ballads, lullabies, and flamenco music into poems and plays. By the age of thirty, he had published five books of poems, culminating in 1928 with Gypsy Ballads, which brought him far-reaching fame. In 1929–30 he studied in New York City, where he wrote the poems that were published posthumously as Poet in New York. In 1936, at the outset of the Spanish Civil War, he was shot to death by anti-Republican rebels in Franco’s army, and his books were banned and destroyed.

Christopher Maurer is the head of the Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
From Book of poems 3
From Poem of the deep song 31
From Suites 63
From Songs 1921-1926 149
From The gypsy ballads 1924-1927 203
From Poet in New York 239
From The tamarit divan 285
From six Galician poems 303
Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias 311
From Sonnets of dark love 327
Uncollected poems 337
Notes to the poems 359
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