Genre(s): Modern Languages
- April 2002 · 240pages · 216x138mm
- ·Hardback - 9780708317334
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.
'...it 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