A Longing for the Light: Selected Poems of Vicente Aleixandre

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Copper Canyon Press, 2007 - Poetry - 279 pages
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A comprehensive collection spans the entirety of Nobel Laureate Aleixandre's career, from his early surrealist work to his complex and fascinating "dialogues," as well as prose interludes.

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Contents

Cerrada
2
Closed
3
Mar y aurora
6
Sea and Sunrise
7
Mar y noche
10
Sea and Night
11
La muerte o antesala de consulta
14
Death or the Waiting Room
15
Los inmortales
114
The Immortals
115
El poeta
122
The Poet
123
Ciudad del paraíso
126
City of Paradise
127
Prose Interlude
131
Excerpts from The Prologue to the Second Edition of La destrucción 0 el amor by Vicente Aleixandre
133

i8 El silencio
18
Silence
19
Fuga a caballo
22
Flying Fugue on a Horse
23
Poems with Red Light
27
Mi
28
My Voice
29
El vals
30
The Waltz
31
Con todo respeto
34
With All Due Respect
35
Siempre
38
The Usual
39
Madre madre
40
Mother Mother
41
Toro
42
The Bull
43
En el fondo de pozo El enterrado
44
At the Bottom of the Well The Buried Man
45
Poema de amor
50
Love Poem
51
La selva y el
54
The Jungle and the
55
Unidad en ella
58
Wholeness Within
59
Sin
62
Lightless
63
Ven siempre
66
Come Always Come
67
Vida
70
Life
71
Canción a una muchacha muerta
72
Song to a Dead Girl
73
Soy el destino
74
Am Destiny
75
Las águilas
78
The Eagles
79
No existe el hombre
82
Man Doesnt Exist
83
El árbol
86
The Tree
87
Bajo la tierra
90
Under the Ground
91
El sol victorioso
94
The Victorious
95
Guitarra o luna
98
Guitar or Moon
99
Destino trágico
100
Tragic Destiny
101
10б Destino de la carne
106
What Happens to All Flesh
107
no Las manos
110
The Hands
111
El cuerpo y el alma
112
ИЗ The Body and the Soul
113
Vicente Aleixandre by Pedro Salinas
136
The Unknown Poet by Vicente Aleixandre
138
Poems with White Light
141
El viejo y el
142
The Old Man and the
143
El sueño
146
The Dream
147
Mano entregada
148
Her Hand Given Over
149
Entre dos oscuridades un relámpago
150
Between Two Nighttimes Lightning
151
Después del amor
154
After Love
155
La explosión
158
The Explosion
159
Comemos sombra
162
We Feed on Shadow
163
Mirada final Muerte y reconocimiento
166
Final Look Death and Recognition
167
El visitante
170
The Visitor
171
En la plaza
172
In the Square
173
Al colegio
176
On the Way to School
177
La clase
180
The Class
181
El niño y el hombre
182
The Boy and the
183
Si alguien me hubiera dicho
236
If Someone Could Have Told
237
No lo conoce
240
Doesnt Know
241
Llueve
242
Its Raining
243
Cercano a la muerte
244
Close to Death
245
El límite
246
The Limit
247
El olvido
248
What Is Forgotten
249
Como Moisés es el viejo
250
The Old Man Is Like Moses
251
Sonido de la guerra
252
Sound of the
253
Descriptive Bibliography
261
Indexes
267
Index of Titles Spanish
269
Index of Titles English
271
Index of First Lines Spanish
273
Index of First Lines English
275
Index of Translators
277
About Lewis Hyde
279
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About the author (2007)

Vicente Aleixandre was born in Sevilla, Spain on April 26, 1898. He studied law at the University of Madrid and at the Madrid School of Economics, but beginning in 1925 he completely devoted himself to literature. He was a member of the Generation of 1927. His first book of poems, Ambit, appeared in 1928. In 1933, he received the National Literary Prize for his work La Destrucción o el Amor (Destruction or Love). After the Spanish Civil War, his work was banned by government censors for nearly five years. His other works include Sombra del Paraíso (Shadow of Paradise), Historia del Corazón (History of the Heart), En un Vasto Dominio (In a Vast Domain), Poemas de la Consumación (Poems of Consummation), and Diálogos del Conocimiento (Dialogues of Insight). He also published the prose work Los Encuentros (The Meetings). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1977. He died of a kidney disorder on December 14, 1984.

Lewis Hyde is the author of "Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property", and a book of poems, "This Error Is the Sign of Love". He is Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

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