Miguel de Unamuno

An Anthology of his Poetry

C. A. Longhurst

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ISBN: 9781910572184

Publication: October 31, 2015

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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Miguel de Unamuno, one of Spain's foremost literary figures, is better known for his essays and novels than for his poetry. Yet it was as a poet that he wished to be remembered and it is in his poems that he reveals the most intimate and sensitive part of his complex personality. To truly get to know Unamuno as creator it is necessary to read his poetry. This anthology of 50 poems, though modest in comparison to his large poetic output, offers the reader some of his most characteristic poems, with an English version prepared by a well-known Unamuno scholar. The English renderings are sufficiently free to allow for the use of rhyme and regular metre, but strive to capture Unamuno's highly personal way of looking at our human circumstance and destiny. In effect the anthology offers a way of approaching Unamuno that differs significantly from an approach via his prose works: it projects a more meditative and warm-hearted individual than the combative Unamuno of popular perception. The 50 poems, each with a short commentary relating it to Unamuno's personal circumstances and to his thought, are arranged under six headings: (1) Family and Home; (2) God and Mortality; (3) The Land; (4) Exile; (5) Language and Poetry; (6) Philosophical Meditations. The anthology thus offers a microcosm of Unamuno's poetic world and should be useful to those who have little or no knowledge of him. It provides a way of learning something about the man and the writer through a part of his production that has received less attention than it deserves and which projects a significantly different image from the widespread view we have of him. The poems are preceded by a substantial introduction which explores the importance and relevance of Unamuno's poetry, his major themes, and his style.

C. A. Longhurst is Emeritus Professor of the University of Leeds and was for eight years Visiting Professor at King's College London. He has published over twenty books and articles on Unamuno

 Unamuno’s Poetic Production
 Poetic Themes
 The Translation
 Editions of Unamuno’s Poetry
Select Bibliography

I Family And Home
1 Volviendo a casa / Returning Home
2 El hogar / Home
3 Dulce, silencioso pensamiento / Sweet, Silent Thought
4 Al niño enfermo / To the Sick Child
5 En la muerte de Concha / Upon the Death of Concha
6 En mi estudio / In my Study
7 El niño y el muñeco / The Child and the Doll
8 La presencia de Concha / Concha’s Presence

II God And Mortality
9 Silencios vacíos / Empty Silence
10 Para después de mi muerte / After I Cease to Be
11 Leyendo un libro vivo de un amigo muerto / Reading the Living Book of a Dead Friend
12 A la espera / Waiting
13 Ríos de mi vida / Rivers of my Life
14 Irrequietum cor / Restless Heart
15 La oración del ateo / The Atheist’s Prayer
16 Salmo II / Psalm II

III The Land
17 Salamanca / Salamanca
18 Tierra del Tormes / Land of the Tormes
19 Al Tormes / To the River Tormes
20 La peña de Francia / The Rock of France
21 El lago de San Martín / The Lake at San Martín
22 Medina de Rioseco / Medina de Rioseco
23 La voz de la campana / The Voice of the Bell
24 Portugal (i) / Portugal (i)
25 Portugal (ii) / Portugal (ii)

IV Exile
26 Mi otro sino / My Other Fate
27 Olas lejanas / Distant Waves
28 Betancuria / Betancuria
29 Fuerteventura / Fuerteventura
30 En el exilio / In Exile
31 Romances fronterizos / Frontier Ballads
32 Orhoit gutaz / Remember Us
33 El cementerio de Hendaya / The Cemetery at Hendaye

V Language and Poetry
34 Las caras de la poesía / The Faces of Poetry
35 La labor del poeta / The Task of the Poet
36 La palabra que vibra / The Vibrant Word
37 La palabra cruel / The Cruel Word
38 La palabra símbolo / The Word as Symbol
39 Non omnis moriar / Not All of Me Will Die
40 El nombre del Hombre / The Name of Man
41 Los hijos de silencio / The Children of Silence

VI Philosophical Meditations
42 Kant y la rana / Kant and the Frog
43 ¿Libres? / Are we Free?
44 Dios y la palabra / God and the Word
45 Entropía / Entropy
46 Las agujas del reloj / The Hands of the Clock
47 Filosofemas / Philosophemes
48 La última palabra de Hamlet / Hamlet’s Last Word
49 Anamnesis / Reminiscence

50 La muerte es sueño / Death is a Dream

Commentaries on the Poems

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 148 mm

168 Pages

ISBN: 9781910572184

Publication: October 31, 2015

Series: Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

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