Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de Vida Y Esperanza

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Duke University Press, Mar 29, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 262 pages
Renowned for its depth of feeling and musicality, the poetry of Rubén Darío (1867–1916) has been revered by writers including Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. A leading figure in the movement known as modernismo, Darío created the modern Spanish lyric and permanently altered the course of Spanish poetry. Yet while his output has inspired a great deal of critical analysis and a scattering of translations, there has been, until now, no complete English translation of any of his books of poetry. This bilingual edition of Darío’s 1905 masterpiece, Cantos de vida y esperanza, fills a crucial gap in Hispanic and world literature studies. Will Derusha and Alberto Acereda have provided not only an elegant English translation of Darío’s work but also an authoritative version of the original Spanish text.

Written over the course of seven years and in many locales in Latin America and Europe, the poems in Cantos de vida y esperanza reflect both Darío’s anguished sense of modern life and his ecstatic visions of transcendence, freedom, and the transformative power of art. They reveal Darío’s familiarity with Spanish, French, and English literature and the wide range of his concerns—existential, religious, erotic, and socio-political. Derusha and Acereda’s translation renders Darío’s themes with meticulous clarity and captures the structural and acoustic dimensions of the poet’s language in all its rhythmic sonority. Their introduction places this singular poet—arguably the greatest to emerge from Latin America in modern literature—and his best and most widely known work in historical and literary context. An extensive glossary offers additional information, explaining terms related to modernismo, Hispanic history, mythological allusions, and artists and writers prominent at the turn of the last century.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Prefacio Preface
48
Cantos de vida y esperanza Songs of Life and Hope
54
Los cisnes The Swans
108
Otros poemas Other Poems
122
in La dulzura del angelus
130
The sweetness of the Angelus
131
Tarde del tropico Evening in the Tropics
132
xvn Carne celeste carne de la mujer
168
Flesh a womans heavenly flesh
169
xvin Un soneto a Cervantes A Sonnet for Cervantes
172
Madrigal exaltado Exalted Madrigal
174
Marina Seascape
176
Cleopompo y Heliodemo
180
Cleopompus and Heliodemos
181
xxn Ay triste del que un dia
182

Nocturno Nocturne
134
Canción de otoño en primavera
136
Song of Autumn in Springtime
137
Trebol Clover
142
Charitas Charitas
146
Oh terremoto mental
150
Oh a mental earthquake
151
El verso sutil que pasa o se posa
152
The subtle verse that passes or pauses
153
Filosofia I Philosophy
154
Leda Leda
156
Divina Psiquis dulce Mariposa invisible
158
Divine Psyche sweet invisible Butterfly
159
El soneto de trece versos The ThirteenVerse Sonnet
162
Oh miseria de toda lucha por lo finito
164
O misery of every struggle for the finite
165
A Phocas el campesino To Phocas the Peasant
166
Pity the sad soul who one day
183
En el pais de las Alegorias
184
In the Land of Allegories
185
Augurios Omens
186
Melancolia Melancholy
190
Aleluya Hallelujah
192
De otoño I In Autumn
194
A Goya To Goya
196
Caracol Seashell
200
Amo amas I Love You Love
202
Soneto autumnal al Marques de Bradomin Autumnal Sonnet to the Marquis de Bradomin
204
Nocturno I Nocturne
206
Thanatos Thanatos
214
Propósito primaveral Springtime Purpose
220
Glossary and Annotations
233
Bibliography
249
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About the author (2004)

Rubén Darío was a leading modernist poet, renowned for his innovations in Spanish poetry. Born in Nicaragua, he lived in Chile, Argentina, and Spain.
Will Derusha is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Alberto Acereda is Associate Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University. They are the coeditors and translators of Selected Poems of Ruben Darío: A Bilingual Anthology.

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