Ten Centuries of Spanish Poetry
An Anthology in English Verse with Original Texts, from the 11th Century to the Generation of 1898
Ten Centuries of Spanish Poetry introduces readers to the dazzling array of poetry Spain has produced since the eleventh century. Editor Eleanor L. Turnbull has selected the best translations of each work or, if none were available, translated them herself. She also provides a concise introduction to each poet or genre that traces the evolution of Spanish literature. First published in 1955 under the guidance of Spanish poet, critic, and educator Pedro Salinas, this delightful collection begins with the earliest works of Spanish literature—simple songs of love and grief—and the twelfth-century epic about Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar—El Cid; goes on to include the religious works of Gonzalo de Berceo, the elegiac ode of Jorge Manrique, medieval ballads and songs, the ecologues and sonnets of Garcilaso de la Vega, the mystical poetry of Fray Luis de León and Saint John of the Cross, and the cultismo works of Luis de Góngora; and concludes with poems by such recognized masters as Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Miguel de Unamuno.
About the Author
Eleanor L. Turnbull (1875–1964) became interested in Spanish poetry through the works of Pedro Salinas, who gave a series of poetry lectures at the Johns Hopkins University in 1937. Encouraged by Salinas, she enrolled in the Summer Language School at Middlebury College and began translating Spanish poetry in earnest. All together, she published nine books of Spanish poetry, which were praised by scholars and critics for their clarity and elegance.
An extremely intelligent job. Ten centuries, just on the face of it, is a very long time, but Miss Turnbull, with the help of the late Pedro Salinas, has resisted clutter. She has exercised her discriminating and synthesizing faculties; what results is not only good poetry but a helpful guide to the poetic literature of Spain.
This anthology, chosen by the late Pedro Salinas, from whose notebooks and lectures the introductory material to each poet's work has been compiled, is a sound introduction to the great writers from the time of the 'Poema del Cid' to the present day.
Miss Turnbull has already made sensitive translations of much modern Spanish poetry, notably that of Pedro Salinas. In this volume, she completes a task of greater scope.
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