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posted 19 August 2007 09:31 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"In Your Name this Death is Holy."

Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), an Andulusian poet murdered by Spanish fascists, is greatly admired by Arab poets. It seems that Lorca knew the history of his beloved Granada enough to know of its Moorish history as well.

More than one reason can be given to explain how Lorca became a prominent figure in modern Arabic poetry. The first reason is connected to the fact that the Arab poets, who employed his images in their works, were eagerly aware of the fact that Lorca considered himself an Andalusian poet par excellence, whose poetry bears strong affinities to classic Andalusian Arabic poetry. In a lecture delivered in Granada on February 19, 1922, Lorca acknowledged these affinities to his audience. The lecture, entitled "Historical and Artistic Importance of the Primitive Andalusian Song Called Cante Jondo," discussed his poems written during that year (and later published in a book titled Poema del cante jondo, "Poem of the deep song", 1931). In the following lines, Lorca lucidly expresses the way he perceives his poetical and spiritual sources:

Just as in the siguiriya [the prototypical song form of the cante jondo…] and in its daughter genres, are to be found the most ancient oriental elements, so in many poems of cante jondo there is an affinity to the oldest oriental verse. When our songs reach the extremes of pain and love they come very close in expression to the magnificent verses of Arab and Persian poets. The truth is that the lines and features of far Arabia still remain in the air of Cordoba and Granada. (al-Ahrām Weekly, 1)

A very interesting read for lovers of poetry and, of course, for all anti-fascists who simply love life.

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