Ode to Walt Whitman
Ode to Walt Whitman
Translated by Carlos Bauer

Collected here in one bilingual edition are new translations of four small books of poems that were published during Federico García Lorca's lifetime and span his most creative years. First Songs, poems inspired by the Andalusian countryside are comparable in style and theme to those in his masterpiece Poem of the Deep Song. This charming little book was given by Lorca to his friend Manuel Altolaguirre and his wife as a gift to their first child. Ode to Walt Whitman, a passionate meditation on homosexuality in a society that proscribes it, is perhaps the best-known book to have come out of the poet's New York Cycle of poems, a damning vision of urban life under capitalism. Perhaps Lorca's finest poem, A Flood of Tears for Ignacio Sanchez Mejías, is a moving elegy to his friend, a renowned bullfighter who was also a writer and a hero to a generation of poets. With Six Galician Poems, written in the Galician language, Lorca returns to themes of the simple life and folklore of the Spanish people. Published only a few months before the Spanish Civil War broke out, this book – a classic of Galician literature – never won the prominence it deserved.

"His real impact, however, surely comes from the stark vividness of his imagery, his ability to conjure up primal subjective realms of love and death: The guitar makes dreams weep. The sobbing of lost souls escapes through its round mouth. And like the tarantula it spins a large star to trap the sighs floating in its black, wooden water tank." —David H. Rosenthal

". . . García Lorca's poem dedicated to the New York poet is nothing short of beautiful. The translation does not detract from the emotion and respect that García Lorca has for Walt Whitman." —A.J. Ortega, Front Porch Journal

Title Ode to Walt Whitman
Author Federico Garcia Lorca
Translated by Carlos Bauer
Language Spanish
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading POE000000 POETRY
Title First Published 01 May 1988
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 90 p.
ISBN-10 0872862127
ISBN-13 9780872862128
Publication Date 01 May 1988
Main content page count 90
Dimensions 5.5 x 8 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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