Lorca: Gypsy Ballads

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Lorca: Gypsy Ballads

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics


January 1st, 1990



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Lorca's famous Gypsy Ballads were composed in the 1920s, when his poetic style was evolving from the traditional towards the surrealist. The combination of the ballad's perennial narrative format with startling and allusive imagery has intrigued readers ever since. Dr Havard argues that the fatalism and tribalism of the gypsy settings relate to Lorca's own subjective dilemma and sexual anxieties, and that they ultimately make a deeply personal statement. The translations are broadly into free verse which aims to preserve the directness and the rhythm of the Spanish original so that the force of the poems may be appreciated by English readers. 162p


Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Select Bibliography8
Andalusia and the Gypsy12
Sexuality and Fate23
The Traditional Ballad and Lorca39
Note on the Translation47
Gypsy Ballads - Romancero Gitano48
1. Ballad of the Moon, Moon — Romance de la luna, luna49
2. Preciosa and the Wind — Preciosa y el aire53
3. Fight — Reyerta57
4. Somnambular Ballad — Romance sonámbulo61
5. The Gypsy nun — La monja gitana67
6. The Unfaithful Wife — La casada infiel69
7. Ballad of the Black Pain — Romance de la pena negra73
8. Saint Michael (Granada) — San Miguel (Granada)77
9. Saint Raphael (Córdoba) — San Rafael (Córdoba)81
10. Saint Gabriel (Seville) — San Gabriel (Sevilla)85
11. Arrest of Antoñito Camborio on the Road to Seville —Prendimiento de Antoñito el Camborio en el camino de Sevilla91
12. Death of Antoñito Camborio — Muerte de Antoñito el Camborio95
13. Dead from Love — Muerto de amor99
14. Ballad of the Summoned Man — Romance del emplazado103
15. Ballad of the Civil Guard — Romance de la Guardia Civil Española107
Three Historical Ballads116
16. The Martyrdom of Saint Olalla — Martirio de Santa Olalla117
17. The Comic Tale of Don Pedro on Horseback — Burla de Don Pedro a caballo123
18. Tamar and Amnon — Thamar y Amnón129