Marking the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Federico García Lorca born on 5th June 1898.
The most prominent poet of the group Generation of ’27 and one of the most celebrated and influencial Spanish poets, García Lorca is famous also for his political commitment in the period of turmoil leading to the Civil War in Spain. He ended up being one of the victims of the violence of the Nationalists, who executed him in August 1936.
His artistic body of work includes not only poetry but also theatre plays, filmscripts and visual art, frequently in collaboration with other fellow artists of his time of the calibre of Salvador Dali, Manuel de Falla and Luis Buñuel.
Poems by Federico García Lorca, from his less known poetry collections, have been published over the past months in this blog, in original with translations into Italian and English:
Primer romancero gitano (1928): The project to write a series of romances about the gypsy and andalusian world matured in the creativity of García Lorca during the summer of 1924, with the gypsy folkore taken as the starting point of this poetics:
Diván del Tamarit (1931-34): Collection of poems, under the name of “casidas” and “gacelas”, in homage to the Arab poets of Granada:
- I – Gacela del amor imprevisto
- II – Gacela de la terrible presencia
- III – Gacela del amor desesperado
- I – Casida del herido por el agua
Sonetos del amor oscuro (1936): The Sonnets of Dark Love, or simply Sonnets, are a collection of sonnets written during their last years of life by Federico García Lorca, compiled and published posthumously:
One of the most famous poems by García Lorca, Romance de la luna, is interpreted as a song by Carmen Paris with music by Madredeus in this video on YouTube.