Six Masters of the Spanish Sonnet: Francisco de Quevedo, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel Hernandez

By Willis Barnstone

With poems chosen and translated by means of one of many preeminent translators of our day, this bilingual choice of 112 sonnets by way of six Spanish-language masters of the shape levels in time from the 17th to the 20 th centuries and comprises the works of poets from Spanish the USA in addition to poets local to Spain. Willis Barnstone’s choice of sonnets and the wide historic and biographical historical past he offers function a compelling survey of Spanish-language poetry that are supposed to be of curiosity either to fanatics of poetry ordinarily and to students of Spanish-language literature in particular.

Following an introductory exam of the arriving of the sonnet in Spain and of that nation’s poetry as much as Francisco de Quevedo, Barnstone takes up his six masters in chronological flip, previous every one with an essay that not just offers the sonneteer lower than dialogue but in addition keeps the conscientiously delineated historical past of Spanish-language poetry. regularly attractive and informative and not boring or pedantic, those essays stand on my own as appreciations—in the best feel of that word—of a number of the maximum poets ever to jot down. it truly is, although, Barnstone’s refined, musical, transparent, and concise translations that shape the guts of this assortment. As Barnstone himself says, "In some ways all my existence has been a few type of instruction for this volume."

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