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OF TIME, AND STORIES

We are all interested in time, but writers are especially so.  I touched on it in a podcast I made a couple of years ago (posted on this blogsite as a "A Letter to myself aged 7" in October 2018). More recently I was asked for a contribution to the D [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 10 EVERY SONG

The last poem in my sequence of ten by Lorca is the simplest but in some ways the most disturbing of the lyrics. It springs its trap in the last line when the relationship between nouns apparently coupled in harmony — song/love, star/time — is sudden [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 9 DARK DOVES

Casida de las Palomas Oscuras                 Dark Doves Por las ramas del laurel                                       For the branches of the laurel vi dos palomas oscuras.                                       a pair of dark doves. La una era el [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 8 THE ROSE

This is a third casida from Lorca's 1936 book Divan del Tamarit. It's noticeable how many of Lorca's poems deploy the idea of the search as an action intrinsic to desire, including several in the selection of 10 lyrics I am posting. The subject of th [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 7 RECLINING WOMAN

This casida might seem to raise questions about why a gay man should write an evidently erotic poem about a nude woman. But remember that the casida was a form devoted to the erotic and, while his other casidas are not always about love and sex, Lorc [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 6 THE KEENING

Like the Gacela, a Casida is a form of arabic verse that deals in themes of love. The Spanish word llanto is the ordinary word for weeping but I have rendered it, in more heightened form, as 'keening' because there is something more insistent and mor [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 5 THE ESCAPE

The gacela is an arabic lyric verse form which Lorca adopted for some of the poems in his last collection Divan del Tamarit (The Tamarisk's Divan) published in 1936. In the arabic tradition the form usually expresses sexual desire but Lorca adapts it [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 4 Withered Orange Tree

Like the previous two poems, 'Canción del Naranjo Seco' was published in Lorca's 1927 collection Canciones (Songs). It is worth noting that the theme of Lorca's late play Yerma (1935) is that of a childless woman desperate to conceive.   Canción de [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 3 Mute Kid

My third lyric by Lorca is more mysterious. The child's world gets tangled up in a surreal one, but there is a hint of memory at play in that lost, "far away" voice.   EL NIÑO MUDO                                          THE MUTE KID El niño busc [...]

10 LYRICS BY LORCA: 2. This is True

The second of my Lorca lyrics is a short, universal cry of love. Es Verdad                                        This is True ¡ Ay qué trabajo me cuesta                    Oh, what hard work this is quererte como te quiero !                       [...]
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