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A BIRD OF PAPER: POEMS OF VICENTE ALEXANDRE
A Bird of Paper: Poems of Vicente Aleixandre. Translated from the Spanish by Willis Barnstone and David Garrison. Published by Ohio University Press in 1982.
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Vincente Aleixandre, winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize for Literature, is one of the last living poets of Spain's Generation of 1927. These poets held a special esteem for the baroque craftsman of language, Luis de Gongora. The color, extravagant metaphors, and elaborate rhetorical devices of many of Aleixandre's poems reflect this esteem.

Aleixandre has said that all his poetry is "a longing for the light." His poems present this longing in surrealistic images of grief and foreboding, then of a re-invigorated life force, then of the complexities of love and life.

His later books are among Aleixandre's most important. In selections from Poems of the Consummation, published in 1968, when he was 70 years old, Aleixandre reviews the stages of human growth in terse, simple lines. His later poetry succinctly expresses a view of the inevitability and pervasiveness of human suffering that runs throughout his work. Yet while Aleixandre makes us aware of pain, he also conveys the possibility of nobility.

This translation includes poems from all Aleixandre's poetry collections--Surroudings, Swords Like Lips, Destruction or Love, The World By Itself, The Shadow of Paradise, Final Birth, The Story of the Heart, Various Poems, andPoems of the Consummation.

Translated from the Spanish by Willis Barnstone and David Garrison. International Poetry Series, Byblos Editions Volume VI.

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