An anthology of some of the finest poems from Spain and Latin America. Poets represented include Miguel de Unamuno, Federico Garcia Lorca, Rosalia de Castro, Ruben Dario, Leopoldo Lugones, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Amado Nervo, Antonio Machado, Alfonsina Storni, Delmira Agustini, Luis de Gongora y Argote, Andres Bello, Manuel Gonzalez Prada, Jorge Manrique, Joaquin Pasos, Gil Vicente, Miguel de Cervantes, Jose Juan Tablada, Jose Marti, Gabriela Mistral, Miguel de Barrios, Cesar Vallejo, Juan Ruiz.
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By William Potter
Aug 24, 2010
A Salute to Spanish Poetry presents 100 works of art originally written by leading poets, and those little known in their time, from the 13th to mid 20th century in Spain and Latin America, now painstakingly translated by John Howard Reid. Choosing the right pieces can make or break any anthology. Mr. Reid has succeeded here as there isn’t a weak selection in the group. Covered is a varied assortment of topics as diverse as the poets themselves. It would seem as though these titles were meant to be together despite the fact the creators worked continents and often hundreds of years apart. There are themes of love and broken hearts, sadness, longing, the beauty of women, and quirky humor as well. A few favorites: Mountain Song by Marqués de Santillana is one of several where it appears the author has fallen under the spell of women. “I forced myself not to look too long at her great beauty, for fear of losing my freedom and becoming her prisoner.” Timid Love by Amado Nervo about... More > a pain not yet healed. “But to fall madly in love was something I feared. I’d no desire to open old wounds that were still prone to bleed.” Those who enjoy rhyme in their poetry will enjoy For the Love and Praise of a Lady by Alfonso Álvarez de Villasandino. “Lady of gladness take pity on me, for I live in Sadness desiring thee.” An intriguing look at love by Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas in Defining Love. “Burning ice. A fire that chills the soul. Sanity. Madness. A freedom in chains.” After so many serious pieces, an amusing look at thoughts on marriage by Gil Vicente in They Tell Me I must Marry. “I’m a choice flower, of maidenhood, that’s true! But should a flower marry a weed?” The majority of the poets in the collection are men. However, no fewer than six of Rosalía de Castro’s best showcase one of Spain’s greatest female poets. I found that her works stood out throughout the book. In Hour After Hour Day After Day. “Who can call back the waves that caress the beach and then die in that embrace?” Translating poetry is no easy task. Too literal a translation and the rhyme and rhythm are lost. Too much embellishing and the meaning and emotional impact are altered forever. I believe Mr. Reid has done an outstanding job in both regards, successfully breathing new life into these timeless gems. These artists and their masterpieces would have remained unknown to most English speaking poetry enthusiasts if not for Reid’s diligent work. If you enjoy great verse then treat yourself to A Salute to Spanish Poetry. You won’t be disappointed. Highly Recommended. By William R. Potter for Reader’s Choice Book Reviews< Less
John Howard Reid’s A Salute to SPANISH POETRY 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America brings the reader an awareness of the works of some of the editor’s favorite Romance Language Bards. Commencing with Adagio, a work rendered by Argentine political idealist Leopoldo Lugones who took his own life in 1938, the reader is presented with an array of odes that inspire, bring a smile and others to stir memories. Golden Springtime, translated from the Spanish of Nobel Prize recipient for Literature Juan Ramon Jimenez, is filled with the joy of spring and hope despite its setting of a cemetery. Verses filled with pathos lead the reader to an understanding of the depth of Amor felt in the words of poet Ramon Lopez Velarde, lauded in Mexico as Mexico’s National Poet, as he pens In the Depths of Twilight. Moving from the depth of love the reader can also find a lament in the words They Tell Me I Must Marry translated from the Castilian of Portuguese lyricist Gil Vicente. The lady is not... More > just having reservations, she is downright frank. They tell me I must marry, but I don’t want a husband. No! and she goes on to explain that she likes her life and has no want to be the flower who marries a weed. And finally Cuban national hero, Jose Marti pens the poignant She Died of Love as a young lady finds she cannot live without the young man who marched off to war. He returned, however, he was not the man who had left. If you enjoy verses penned with style, wit and delicately wrought verse then you may well enjoy John Howard Reid’s A Salute to SPANISH POETRY 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America. This work is a slim volume of 100 odes spanning nearly 140 pages. Included are some double leaf works, as well as some illustrated by the editor’s photographic offerings in Black and White. The stark beauty of the photos illustrate well the at times stark verse. Following the poetry is a comprehensive Index listing each poet, along with a short biography of his or her life. John Howard Reid’s A Salute to SPANISH POETRY 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America is a compilation of a diversity of a group of excellent verse written by Spanish language bards some hailing from Spain and Latin America and others who while not born in the areas noted were fluent in the language. Included in the listing of Poets are those from Uruguay, Portugal, Peru and Spain as well as Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba and Nicaragua, and finally Bolivia, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and an American fluent in Spanish. Editor Reid has included the works of men and women, monks and Jewish, young writers and elderly, those who rail again government and those who speak of love. Poets include Amado Nervo, Antonio Machado, Alfonsina Storni, Andres Bello, Cesar Vallejo, Delmira Agustini, Federico Garcia Lorca, Gil Vicente, Gabriela Mistral, Jose Juan Tablada, Juan Ruiz, Jose Marti, Julio Herrera y Reissig, Jorge Manrique, Joaquin Pasos, Leopoldo Lugones, Luis de Gongora y Argote, Manuel Gonzalez Prada, Miguel de Cervantes, Miguel de Barrios, Miguel de Unamuno, Rosalia de Castro, Ruben Dario and more. Enjoyed the read, Happy to recommend John Howard Reid’s A Salute to SPANISH POETRY 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America. =========================== Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews molly martin =========================== Product Details and Shipping Information from Amazon TITLE A Salute to SPANISH POETRY 100 Masterpieces from Spain & Latin America rendered into English Verse. AUTHOR John Howard Reid GENRE Poetry Paperback: 154 pages Publisher: lulu.com 3131 RDU Center Dr STE 210, Morrisville, NC, 27560 Language: English ISBN-10: 0557269431 ISBN-13: 978-0557269433< Less
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