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Songs And Ballads

Songs And Ballads

By Federico Garcia Lorca

Federico Garcia Lorca regarded his poems, essentially, as verbal music and, in fact, performed each poem many times before he committed it to the pages of a book. “Performance poems,” they were all intended to be spoken, sung, chanted, and not merely read. It is this aspect of Lorca's poetry which Robin Skelton has emphasized in his translations of some of the most delicate lyrics and dramatic narrative poems that Lorca published.


Guernica Editions (Essential Poets Series)


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Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936) was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director. García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. He was executed by Nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War. García Lorca's first book of poems was published in 1921. In 1928, he published Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads), which became his best known book of poetry.