Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de vida y esperanza (Bilingual edition)

Songs of Life and Hope/Cantos de vida y esperanza (Bilingual edition)

By: Ruben Dario (author), Will Derusha (editor), Alberto Acereda (editor)Paperback

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Renowned for its depth of feeling and musicality, the poetry of Ruben Dario (1867-1916) has been revered by writers including Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz. A leading figure in the movement known as modernismo, Dario created the modern Spanish lyric and permanently altered the course of Spanish poetry. Yet while his output has inspired a great deal of critical analysis and a scattering of translations, there has been, until now, no complete English translation of any of his books of poetry. This bilingual edition of Dario's 1905 masterpiece, Cantos de vida y esperanza, fills a crucial gap in Hispanic and world literature studies. Will Derusha and Alberto Acereda have provided not only an elegant English translation of Dario's work but also an authoritative version of the original Spanish text. Written over the course of seven years and in many locales in Latin America and Europe, the poems in Cantos de vida y esperanza reflect both Dario's anguished sense of modern life and his ecstatic visions of transcendence, freedom, and the transformative power of art. They reveal Dario's familiarity with Spanish, French, and English literature and the wide range of his concerns-existential, religious, erotic, and socio-political. Derusha and Acereda's translation renders Dario's themes with meticulous clarity and captures the structural and acoustic dimensions of the poet's language in all its rhythmic sonority. Their introduction places this singular poet-arguably the greatest to emerge from Latin America in modern literature-and his best and most widely known work in historical and literary context. An extensive glossary offers additional information, explaining terms related to modernismo, Hispanic history, mythological allusions, and artists and writers prominent at the turn of the last century.

About Author

Ruben Dario was a leading modernist poet, renowned for his innovations in Spanish poetry. Born in Nicaragua, he lived in Chile, Argentina, and Spain. Will Derusha is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Alberto Acereda is Associate Professor of Spanish at Arizona State University. They are the coeditors and translators of Selected Poems of Ruben Dario: A Bilingual Anthology.


Introduction 1 Prefacio | Preface 48 Cantos de vida y esperanza | Songs of Life and Hope I. Yo soy aquel... | I am the one... 54 II. Salutacion del optimista | The Optimist's Salutation 62 III. Al Rey Oscar | To King Oscar 66 IV. Los tres Reyes Magos | The Three Wise Men 70 V. Cyrano en Espana | Cyrano in Spain 72 VI. Salutacion a Leonardo | A Saluation to Leonardo 76 VII. Pegaso | Pegasus 82 VIII. A Roosevelt | To Roosevelt 84 IX. Torres de Dios!... | Towers of God!... 88 X. Canto de esperanza | Song of Hope 90 XI. Mientras tenelis, oh negros corazones... | While you hold, O black hearts... 92 XII. Helios | Helios 94 XIII. Spes | Spes 100 XIV. Marcha triunfal | Triumphal March 102 Los cisnes/ The Swans I. Que signo haces...? | What sign do you give...? 108 II. En la muerte de Rafael Nunez | On the Death of Rafael Nunez 112 III. Por un momento... | For one moment... 114 IV. Antes de todo, gloria a ti, Leda!... | First of all, glory to you, Leda!... 116 Otros poemas / Other Poems I. Retratos | Portraits 122 II. Por el influjo de la primavera | Because of the Influence of Spring 126 III. La dulzura del angelus... | The sweetness of the Angelus... 130 IV. Tarde del tropico | Evening in the Tropics 132 V. Nocturno |Nocturne 134 VI. Canciion de otono en primavera | Song of Autumn in Springtime 136 VII. Trebol | Clover 142 VIII. Charitas | Charitas 146 IX. Oh, terremoto mental!... | Oh, a mental earthquake!... 150 X. El verso sutil que pasa o se posa... | The subtle verse that passes or pauses... 152 XI. Filosofia | Philosophy 154 XII. Leda | Leda 156 XIII. Divina Psiquis, dulce Mariposa invisible... | Divine Psyche, sweet invisible Butterfly... 158 XIV. El soneto de trece versos | The Thirteen-Verse Sonnet 162 XV. Oh, miseria de toda lucha por lo finito!... | O misery of every struggle for the finite!... 164 XVI. A Phocas el campesino | To Phocas the Peasant 166 XVII. Carne, celeste carne de la mujer!... | Flesh, a woman's heavenly flesh!..., 168 XVIII. Un soneto a Cervantes | A Sonnet for Cervantes 172 XIX. Madrigal exaltado | Exalted Madrigal 174 XX. Marina | Seascape 176 XXI. Cleopompo y Heliodemo | Cleopompus and Heliodemos 180 XXII. Ay, triste del que un dia... | Pity the sad soul who one day... 182 XXIII. En el pais de las Alegorias... | In the Land of Allegories... 184 XXIV. Augurios | Omens 186 XXV. Melancolia | Melancholy 190 XXVI. Aleluya! | Halleujah! 192 XXVII. De ontono | In Autumn 194 XXVIII. A Goya | To Goya 196 XXIX. Caracol | Seashell 200 XXX. Amo, amas | I Love, You Love 202 XXXI. Soneto autumnal al Marques de Bradomin | Autumnal Sonnet to the Marquis de Bradomin 204 XXXII. Nocturno | Nocturne 206 XXXIII. Urna votiva |Votive Urn 208 XXXIV. Programa matinal | Morning Plan 210 XXXV. Ibis | Ibis 212 XXXVI. Thanatos | Thanatos 214 XXXVII. Ofrenda | Offerning 216 XXXVIII. Proposito primaveral | Springtime Purpose 220 XXXIX. Letania de Nuestro Senor Don Quijote | Litany of Our Lord Don Quixote 222 XL. Alla lejos | Way Far Away 228 XLI. Lo fatal | What Gets You 230 Glossary and Annotations 233 Bibliography 249

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  • ISBN13: 9780822332718
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780822332718
  • ISBN10: 082233271X
  • edition: Bilingual edition

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