Miguel HernÃ¡ndez is, along with Antonio Machado, Juan RamÃ³n JimÃ©nez, and Federico GarcÃa Lorca, one of the greatest Spanish poets of the twentieth century. This volume spans the whole of HernÃ¡ndez’s brief writing life, and includes his most celebrated poems, from the early lyrics written in traditional forms, such as the moving elegy HernÃ¡ndez wrote to his friend and mentor Ramon SijÃ© (one of the most famous elegies ever written in the Spanish language), to the spiritual eroticism of his love poems, and the heart-wrenching, luminous lines written in the trenches of war. Also included in this edition are tributes to HernÃ¡ndez by Federico GarcÃa Lorca, Pablo Neruda (interviewed by Robert Bly), Rafael Alberti, and Vicente Aleixandre. Pastoral nature, love, and war are recurring themes in HernÃ¡ndez’s poetry, his words a dazzling reminder that force can never defeat spirit, that courage is its own reward. show more
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