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
Introduction? Unamuno's Poetic Production? Poetic Themes? The Translation? Editions of Unamuno's PoetrySelect BibliographyI Family And Home1 Volviendo a casa / Returning Home2 El hogar / Home3 Dulce, silencioso pensamiento / Sweet, Silent Thought4 Al nino enfermo / To the Sick Child5 En la muerte de Concha / Upon the Death of Concha6 En mi estudio / In my Study7 El nino y el muneco / The Child and the Doll8 La presencia de Concha / Concha's PresenceII God And Mortality9 Silencios vacios / Empty Silence10 Para despues de mi muerte / After I Cease to Be11 Leyendo un libro vivo de un amigo muerto / Reading the Living Book of a Dead Friend12 A la espera / Waiting13 Rios de mi vida / Rivers of my Life14 Irrequietum cor / Restless Heart15 La oracion del ateo / The Atheist's Prayer16 Salmo II / Psalm IIIII The Land17 Salamanca / Salamanca18 Tierra del Tormes / Land of the Tormes19 Al Tormes / To the River Tormes20 La pena de Francia / The Rock of France21 El lago de San Martin / The Lake at San Martin22 Medina de Rioseco / Medina de Rioseco23 La voz de la campana / The Voice of the Bell24 Portugal (i) / Portugal (i)25 Portugal (ii) / Portugal (ii)IV Exile26 Mi otro sino / My Other Fate27 Olas lejanas / Distant Waves28 Betancuria / Betancuria29 Fuerteventura / Fuerteventura30 En el exilio / In Exile31 Romances fronterizos / Frontier Ballads32 Orhoit gutaz / Remember Us33 El cementerio de Hendaya / The Cemetery at HendayeV Language and Poetry34 Las caras de la poesia / The Faces of Poetry35 La labor del poeta / The Task of the Poet36 La palabra que vibra / The Vibrant Word37 La palabra cruel / The Cruel Word38 La palabra simbolo / The Word as Symbol39 Non omnis moriar / Not All of Me Will Die40 El nombre del Hombre / The Name of Man41 Los hijos de silencio / The Children of SilenceVI Philosophical Meditations42 Kant y la rana / Kant and the Frog43 ?Libres? / Are we Free?44 Dios y la palabra / God and the Word45 Entropia / Entropy46 Las agujas del reloj / The Hands of the Clock47 Filosofemas / Philosophemes48 La ultima palabra de Hamlet / Hamlet's Last Word49 Anamnesis / ReminiscenceConclusion50 La muerte es sueno / Death is a DreamCommentaries on the Poems