Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de vida y esperanza / Edition 1

Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de vida y esperanza / Edition 1

by Rubén Darío
     
 

ISBN-10: 082233271X

ISBN-13: 9780822332718

Pub. Date: 03/29/2004

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Renowned for its depth of feeling and musicality, the poetry of Rubén Darío (1867–1916) has been revered by writers including Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. A leading figure in the movement known as modernismo, Darío created the modern Spanish lyric and permanently altered the course of Spanish

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Renowned for its depth of feeling and musicality, the poetry of Rubén Darío (1867–1916) has been revered by writers including Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. A leading figure in the movement known as modernismo, Darío created the modern Spanish lyric and permanently altered the course of Spanish poetry. Yet while his output has inspired a great deal of critical analysis and a scattering of translations, there has been, until now, no complete English translation of any of his books of poetry. This bilingual edition of Darío’s 1905 masterpiece, Cantos de vida y esperanza, fills a crucial gap in Hispanic and world literature studies. Will Derusha and Alberto Acereda have provided not only an elegant English translation of Darío’s work but also an authoritative version of the original Spanish text.

Written over the course of seven years and in many locales in Latin America and Europe, the poems in Cantos de vida y esperanza reflect both Darío’s anguished sense of modern life and his ecstatic visions of transcendence, freedom, and the transformative power of art. They reveal Darío’s familiarity with Spanish, French, and English literature and the wide range of his concerns—existential, religious, erotic, and socio-political. Derusha and Acereda’s translation renders Darío’s themes with meticulous clarity and captures the structural and acoustic dimensions of the poet’s language in all its rhythmic sonority. Their introduction places this singular poet—arguably the greatest to emerge from Latin America in modern literature—and his best and most widely known work in historical and literary context. An extensive glossary offers additional information, explaining terms related to modernismo, Hispanic history, mythological allusions, and artists and writers prominent at the turn of the last century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822332718
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
03/29/2004
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English & Spanish
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Preface48
Songs of life and hope
II am the one ...54
IIThe optimist's salutation62
IIITo King Oscar66
IVThe three wise men70
VCyrano in Spain72
VIA salutation to Leonardo76
VIIPegasus82
VIIITo Roosevelt84
IXTowers of God! ...88
XSong of hope90
XIWhile you hold, O black hearts ...92
XIIHelios94
XIIISpes100
XIVTriumphal march102
The Swans
IWhat sign do you give ...?108
IIOn the death of Rafael Nunez112
IIIFor one moment ...114
IVFirst of all, glory to you, Leda! ...116
Other poems
IPortraits122
IIBecause of the influence of spring126
IIIThe sweetness of the Angelus ...130
IVEvening in the tropics132
VNocturne134
VISong of autumn in springtime136
VIIClover142
VIIICharitas146
IXOh, a mental earthquake! ...150
XThe subtle verse that passes or pauses ...152
XIPhilosophy154
XIILeda156
XIIIDivine psyche, sweet invisible butterfly ...158
XIVThe thirteen-verse sonnet162
XVO misery of every struggle for the finite! ...164
XVITo Phocas the Peasant166
XVIIFlesh, a woman's heavenly flesh! ...168
XVIIIA sonnet for Cervantes172
XIXExalted madrigal174
XXSeascape176
XXICleopompus and Heliodemos180
XXIIPity the sad soul who one day ...182
XXIIIIn the land of allegories ...184
XXIVOmens186
XXVMelancholy190
XXVIHallelujah!192
XXVIIIn autumn194
XXVIIITo Goya196
XXIXSeashell200
XXXI love, you love202
XXXIAutumnal sonnet to the Marquis de Bradomin204
XXXIINocturne206
XXXIIIVotive urn208
XXXIVMorning plan210
XXXVIbis212
XXXVIThanatos214
XXXVIIOffering216
XXXVIIISpringtime purpose220
XXXIXLitany of our Lord Don Quixote222
XLWay far away228
XLIWhat gets you230
Glossary of annotations233
Bibliography249

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