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
Mar y noche
10
El silencio
18
voz
28
Con todo respeto
34
Siempre
38
Love Poem
51
Ven siempre ven
66
Excerpts from The Prologue to the Second
131
El viejo y el sol
142
El sueño
146
The Explosion
159
En la plaza
172
El moribundo
188
Materia humana
202
La orejala palabra
210

The Eagles
79
Bajo la tierra
90
Guitarra o luna
98
Destino de la carne
106
El cuerpo y el alma
112
El poeta
122
La muerte del abuelo
216
Recent Poems
227
Bent Time
233
If Someone Could Have Told Me
239
Its Raining
245
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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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