Canciones and the Early Poetry of Lorca

Author(s) David Walters

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages

  • April 2002 · 240 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9780708317334

About The Book

Although Federico García Lorca is well-known to the English speaking public as a playwright and as the author of Romancero gitano and Poeta en Nueva York, his early poetry has received surprisingly scant critical consideration. D. Gareth Walters corrects this imbalance by concentrating on Lorca's work up to and including Canciones, the culmination of his early poetry, which was published in 1927.

Beginning with a detailed survey of Lorca's juvenilia and early published poetry, Walters traces the development of Lorca's work up to Canciones and offers a full and detailed reading of that collection which explicates many poems often thought to be obscure or enigmatic. Rather than attempting to decode the poetry's symbols and images or interpret it by reference to extra-literary concerns, Walters focuses instead on the constitution of meaning in Lorca's work. He offers a valuable new way of reading Lorca that makes full use of modern scholarship while also placing the poetry in its poetic, cultural and intellectual contexts. 'Canciones' and the Early Poetry of Lorca is a pioneering reassessment of the early writing of one of the most significant Spanish writers of the twentieth century.


'An outstandingly good study which will no doubt prove to be something of a landmark in Lorca criticism, and cannot be recommended too highly' 'a first-rate study, highly original and very well written' 'excellent discussions of what on the surface can seem very enigmatic poems' '...Walters's poetic analysis is thorough, logical, very well constructed from a critical point of view, and yet very approachable. The resulting text is exceedingly useful...a well-constructed discussion and analysis, well narrated and cogent.' Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies. ' is written in a clear style and language that make it accessible to the non-specialist.' British Bulletin of Publications


Part One: Lorca and the Limits of Understanding (i) The quest for meaning (ii) The development of meaning (iii) The extrapolation of meaning (iv) Meaning, space and shape (v) Meaning, significance and sense (vi) Making sense Part Two: Before Canciones (i) The juvenilia (ii) Libro de poemas (iii) Suites (iv) Poema del Cante Jondo Part Three: Through Canciones (i) Introduction: Poetry and Letters (ii) Child and Poet: the Chora (iii) Crossing the Boundary: Danger, Adventure and Death (iv) Disrupted Patterns, Broken Songs (v) Eros: Diversions and Aversion (vi) Hide and Seek (vii) The Ends of Song Bibliography Index

About the Author(s)

Author(s): David Walters

D. Gareth Walters is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Swansea University.

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