This Guide takes you through the Dedication and the first two hundred or so lines of Luis de Góngora’s Soledad Primera. The poem is presented by pages. A Poetics Sacralized: Luis de Góngora s ” Soledades ” 5 living in the Americas who led this revival of gongorism; it was the crio- llos and mestizos, the men. Among scholars of Spanish Baroque poetry, the dominant opinion has been that the writer Luis de Góngora was silent, indifferent, or even.

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I think I will be able to give a better review after that. This is definitely the translation to read; I tried Wilson’s first, and it was impossible. There’s some great lines about owls too!!

This is required reading for lovers of the written word. I feel like I spent so much time trying to unravel thes Let me start off by saying that well before finishing even the first Soledad there are twoI knew I would have to go back and re-read these poems which I intend to do. For more information, visit our inspection copies page. My favorite verses are from the First Solitude: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sometimes you have to read the most boring texts for classes and this was one of them.

It is difficult stuff, but beautiful. John Beverley’s introduction and footnotes are incredibly helpful, and sometimes nearly fill up entire pages.

Aspects of Góngora’s ‘Soledades’ | John R. Beverley

Bristol Classical Press Series: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Gongora loves crystals and nymphs from Greek myth, both of which recur constantly.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The inclusion of obscure words fitted well with the density of allusions to minor mythical figures, though, and my knowledge of mythology has definitely been enhanced. Now I know who Pomona is soleades where the cornucopia came from.


Gongora: Soledades

Mike Brecon rated it liked it Sep 05, I think the first Solitude might be my favorite epic poem. Won’t pretend I read this whole poem, start to finish — soleddes I did give it the old “college” try. The natural world and romantic love are the main focus of dizzying metaphors that meld classical mythology with nature.

Instead, the reader finds an absolute plethora of sensuous description as a shipwreck survivor wanders about beautiful countryside. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Contact Contact Us Help.

The second Soledad’s closing image is incredible and probably my favorite part of either poem. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.

We currently support the following browsers: Lists with This Book. It is hypnotic, adventurous, peaceful, and sublime.

Gongora: Soledades (Spanish Texts) Luis de Gongora: Bristol Classical Press

The first flies, frosting the gognora the second, in an indolent motion meets the sea, whose white-coloured foam makes of its dark slender prow the bright resplendent throat of an august Coya, empress of Peru, to whom the Southern Sea rendered each hour one hundred strands of pearls. Aug 23, Sam rated it really liked it Shelves: Quevedo, Lope de Vega, and other writers first cultivated gongorism in order to mock it, but later wound up dabbling in it for many other literary uses.

Beverly rated solefades it was amazing Aug 10, Alephz rated it it was amazing Jun 09, Ian Lepine rated it it was amazing Jan 05, It is there to be evoked for its own sake in the most rarefied, figurative, sensuous language because language itself, not its emotive referent or expressive content, is the intrinsic aesthetic component of poetry.

Sooedades second Solitudewhich I only read once in the Edith Grossman translation, was admittedly more abstract and slightly more difficult for all the allusions to myth. Truly a brilliant poet. Wonder is mute, it speaks by being silent, and, blind, it follows soledaxes river, that-shining child of those precipices– in convoluted discourse, and digressive, benevolent it tyrannizes the fields; with its banks ornamented by fruit trees, Copia herself desires it for her horn -if the creature of Amalthea had been armed with crystal transparency-; setting edifices in its silver, crowning itself with walls, it embraces, imprisons islands, from the high grotto where it first breaks free to the opaque jasper waters deep where pride is lost and memory hides away.


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I read the first Solitude twice in a row in different translations just to experience the journey again. Mythology sings throughout nearly ever stanza. If you have this knowledge, then you will be amazed that Gongora is so little known outside of Spain. Also, the inclusion of a back-and-forth between a critic and Gongora is wonderful because we get an idea of how the poet viewed his own writing.

Given the length, I expected a narrative poem, however there is no story to be found here. The poem’s hyper-baroque syntax forces you to process its imagery in such a way that, in order to understand Gongora’s meaning, you have to engage with his language in extremely unusual ways. Once you have successfully made your request, you will receive a confirmation email explaining that your request is awaiting approval.

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