Miguel Hernandez (NYRB/Poets)

Miguel Hernandez (NYRB/Poets)

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Miguel Hernández is, in addition to Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorca, one of many maximum Spanish poets of the 20 th century. This quantity spans the complete of Hernández’s short writing lifestyles, and contains his such a lot celebrated poems, from the early lyrics written in conventional types, akin to the relocating elegy Hernández wrote to his good friend and mentor Ramon Sijé (one of the main well-known elegies ever written within the Spanish language), to the non secular eroticism of his love poems, and the heart-wrenching, luminous traces written within the trenches of battle. additionally integrated during this variation are tributes to Hernández by way of Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda (interviewed through Robert Bly), Rafael Alberti, and Vicente Aleixandre. Pastoral nature, love, and battle are ordinary issues in Hernández’s poetry, his phrases a blinding reminder that strength can by no means defeat spirit, that braveness is its personal gift.

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