Canciones and the Early Poetry of Lorca

A Study in Critical Methodology and Poetic Maturity

D. Gareth Walters

Canciones and the Early Poetry of Lorca

D. Gareth Walters

Distributed for University of Wales Press

293 pages | 3 b/w illustrations | 9 1/10 x 5 2/5
Cloth $7.00 ISBN: 9780708317334 Published April 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Although Federico García Lorca is well-known to the English speaking public as a playwright and as the author of Romancero gitano and Poeta en Nueva York, his early poetry has received surprisingly scant critical consideration. D. Gareth Walters corrects this imbalance by concentrating on Lorca’s work up to and including Canciones, the culmination of his early poetry, which was published in 1927.

Beginning 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.

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


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