By Miguel Hernández, Don Share
Miguel Hernández (1910--1942) is, in addition to Antonio Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Federico García Lorca, one of many maximum Spanish poets of the 20 th century. This quantity spans the total of Hernández's short writing existence, and contains his so much celebrated poems, from the early lyrics written in conventional kinds, akin to the relocating elegy Hernández wrote to his pal and mentor Ramon Sijé (one of the main recognized elegies ever written within the Spanish language), to the non secular eroticism of his love poems, and the heart-wrenching, luminous traces written within the trenches of warfare. additionally incorporated during this variation are tributes to Hernández by way of Federico García Lorca, Pablo Neruda (interviewed by means of Robert Bly), Rafael Alberti, and Vicente Aleixandre. Pastoral nature, love, and battle are ordinary issues in Hernández's poetry, his phrases a stunning reminder that strength can by no means defeat spirit, that braveness is its personal present.
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Locust shells. Petals. Number of times I’ve Told this story, Trochee, dactyl— Stresses in her name. • 45 • 4. Spirit of the river, Spirit of the sea. Because we want to be children forever I ran the stoplights whispering To myself Alone in the dark car. Nineteen, eighteen— Skills we practice for a lifetime Disappearing In a single turn: fingers On the keyboard self-delighting. House in which I write this. Pebbles in the sea. At thirteen she is Taller than her mother. Spirit of the sand beneath us.
I was never alone. 20 • • 4. He put down roots. He bought a dictionary—then, Because it was on sale, underwear. Wounded. Arrive. He wandered Freely among women in velvet dresses, Men in cutaways: the movement Of their bodies Vivid, spindly thighs. One bowed. One lifted Fingers to his lips. Until he left for his own country By a different route He’d never worn These boxers, slightly Elastic, little legs. I am wounded, I want to leave this place— • 21 • 5. When Jonah fled to Tarshish From the presence of the Lord The Lord sent out a tempest.
Spirit of the river, Spirit of the sea. Because we want to be children forever I ran the stoplights whispering To myself Alone in the dark car. Nineteen, eighteen— Skills we practice for a lifetime Disappearing In a single turn: fingers On the keyboard self-delighting. House in which I write this. Pebbles in the sea. At thirteen she is Taller than her mother. Spirit of the sand beneath us. Spirit of the tree. 46 • • Te n z o n e Look at your reflection. How do I greet Someone you’ve never seen?