A Spanish Poet
never read him [Vallejo]
looking either for english only or bilingual texts
any recomendations as far as the better translations?
On the subject of Spanish language poets, I'd like to recommend
the works of Spain's Vicente Aleixandre"”the man who received the
well-deserved Nobel Prize for literature in 1977. His work
A Longing For The Light: Selected Poems of Vicente Aleixandre
is a bilingual collection of 68 poems and two prose pieces which
surveys fifty years of his life. The translations are superb. His
writings praise the beauty of nature, women, the earth and the
sea. His love poems are staggering. Some of his poems express
the sadness for the people who have lost the passion and free
spirit that he saw in nature. I actually prefer his poems to those
of Neruda and Vallejo, though I greatly value their poetry. These
men were not dry intellectuals. They were on fire and freely
bared their chests to the thought of death and the unknown.
They also wrote as men who enjoyed the strong, dramatic polarity
between men and women, and met the fire of love with their
own fire and a smoldering tenderness. Such aliveness. I regret
that I no longer have his amazing collection of prose and poems,
but the aura of his love poems remains in my mind like
diamonds in a sea of jewels and the manly passion of it all.