Mi Amor

15th May 2013 18:30
Instituo Cervantes
102 Eaton Square, London, SW1W 9AN
Poet in the City and Instituto Cervantes were delighted to invite you to a series of three special events celebrating Spanish love poetry.
In Poetry from the Romantic Age, Derek Flitter explored the poetry and influence of one of Spain's greatest Romantic poets, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836-1870) is one of Spain's most important literary figures, towering over the Romantic age. Although he died before the majority of his work was published, his poems greatly influenced the following generations of writers throughout the twentieth century, and his Rimas and Leyendas are considered some of the most important work in Spanish poetry.

Derek Flitter is Professor in Hispanic Studies at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on various aspects of Spanish Romantic literature, and on Spanish poetry of the nineteenth and early twentieth-century. His books on the subject include Spanish Romanticism and the Uses of History (2006) and Spanish Romantic Literary Theory and Criticism (2006).

In Lorca's Sonnets of Dark Love, acclaimed poet and translator Jane Duran explored the love poetry one of Spain's greatest poets, Federico Garcia Lorca. Jane was joined on stage by Gloria Garcia Lorca, niece of the poet and co-translator of his work.

Federico Garcia Lorca remains the most famous and celebrated modern poet and playwright in the Spanish language. His poetical works, including the Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York, are landmarks in Spanish literature, and his plays, including the famous trilogy Blood Wedding, The House of Bernanda Alba and Yerma, have been compared to Shakespeare for their importance and influence.

Jane Duran's debut collection, Breathe Now, Breathe (Enitharmon, 1995) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her second collection Silences from the Spanish Civil War was published in 2002 by Enitharmon, her third collection Coastal (Enitharmon, 2005) received a PBS Recommendation. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2005. Her latest collection Graceline was published in 2010 and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Gloria Garcia Lorca is the niece of Federico Garcia Lorca. Her family moved to New York during the end of the Spanish Civil War. In 1967 they returned to Spain, and since 1972 Gloria has worked as a plastic artist, specialising in installations and site specific art. She is also a ceramicist. Gloria Garcia Lorca translated Lorca’s Gypsy Ballads with the poet Jane Duran in 2011 (Enitharmon Press).
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