Vicente Aleixandre Twenty Poems - Dual-Language, Spanish-English Author:Vicente Aleixandre, Lewis Hyde (Translator), Robert Bly (Translator) Vicente Aleixandre, the Nobel Laureate for 1977, is one of the last surviving members if the Generation of 27, that amazing group of writers who brought Spain her finest poetry in centuries. There is a sense in which Aleixandre received the Prize as a representative for this entire group, for Guillen, Alberti and Diego among the living, and for ... more »Garcia Lorca, Salinas, Cernuda and so many more among the living.
Aleixandre's early work is the darkest of this generation. His poems turn toward what was then the unexplored territory of the unconscious, They describe a world of forces that are strongly felt but hard to see -- force animals, force-trees, lightning and sand. The poems are large and shaggy, with sudden moments of clarity swept aside by a primitive energy. They are filled with the kind of loneliness we usually associate with exiles.
The later poems come home to human being. In the middle of his life, Aleixandre began to write in a direct and graceful way about the daylight world, about his dog, an old man dying, children and comets. The poems lose none of their early depth but now admit as well a warmth and kindness, like sunlight across a wooden floor.
With the help of the poet, the translators have chosen poems from the entire range if Aleixandre's work. This is the only such collection  available in English.
This volume includes selections from Poems with Red Light (1932-1944) and selections from Poems with White Light (1953-1968)« less