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Harsh World and Other Poems

Harsh World and Other Poems

ÁNGEL GONZÁLEZ
TRANSLATED BY DONALD D. WALSH
Copyright Date: 1977
Pages: 184
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    Harsh World and Other Poems
    Book Description:

    Although seven volumes of his poetry are available in Spanish, the work of Ángel González has not been widely translated into English. This bilingual edition, introduced by the poet, presents selections fromPalabra sobre palabra (Word upon Word), his definitive collection. Included are poems fromGrado elemental (Elementary Grade), which won the Antonio Machado Prize for Poetry.

    Born in Oviedo, Spain in 1925, Ángel González published his first book in 1956 to immediate acclaim. His poetry is characterized by striking imagery and deeply personal statement that is often sad and sardonic.

    Of his work González writes, "'Experience,' 'reality', and 'preciseness of expression' are probably...the boundaries that limit the space, on a horizontal plane, in which my poetic intentions move. Upon this plane, trying to add another dimension, I attempt to erect my creative and imaginative possibilities....In some of these poems, written and published in Spain, the result of a determined desire to bear witness will have to be sought not in what the words say but in what they imply, in the spaces of shadow, of silence of anger, or of helplessness that they discover or uncover."

    Originally published in 1977.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6916-9
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. v-vi)
    D. D. W.
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-2)
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 3-5)
    A. G.

    As I begin to write these words that precede my poems I am overcome by a feeling of timidity and uneasiness. I have so often read, in the most famous pages of the most brilliant contemporary critics, that poems are not within the control of their author, that I have almost come to believe it. It is not surprising that, when urged to write about my own poems, I am intimidated and ill at ease, with a feeling that I am an undesirable intruder.

    For what the critics say is undoubtedly true, at least in this sense: only the poem...

  5. Harsh World
    (pp. 6-7)
  6. Birthday
    (pp. 8-9)
  7. That’s Not Anything
    (pp. 10-11)
  8. I’m lacking one word . . .
    (pp. 12-13)
  9. Death in the Evening
    (pp. 14-15)
  10. Why look? . . .
    (pp. 16-17)
  11. You All Seem Happy . . .
    (pp. 18-19)
  12. Farewell . . .
    (pp. 20-21)
  13. Through here a river passes . . .
    (pp. 22-23)
  14. Autumn sent . . .
    (pp. 24-25)
  15. Rain upon the Snow in the Spring
    (pp. 26-27)
  16. Dogs against the moon . . .
    (pp. 28-29)
  17. You rest your hand . . .
    (pp. 30-31)
  18. Birds
    (pp. 32-33)
  19. They are the seagulls, my love . . .
    (pp. 34-35)
  20. Miracle of light . . .
    (pp. 36-37)
  21. Woods
    (pp. 38-39)
  22. Another time will come . . .
    (pp. 40-41)
  23. The Defeated One
    (pp. 42-43)
  24. I Myself
    (pp. 44-45)
  25. An astonishing world . . .
    (pp. 46-49)
  26. If you composed . . .
    (pp. 50-53)
  27. Hope . . .
    (pp. 54-55)
  28. Memory
    (pp. 56-57)
  29. Crisis
    (pp. 58-59)
  30. I know what it’s like to wait . . .
    (pp. 60-61)
  31. Yesterday
    (pp. 62-65)
  32. Sunday
    (pp. 66-69)
  33. Winter
    (pp. 70-71)
  34. Love’s Birthday
    (pp. 72-73)
  35. December
    (pp. 74-77)
  36. Beggar
    (pp. 78-81)
  37. Letter without Farewell
    (pp. 82-85)
  38. Symbol
    (pp. 86-89)
  39. Brief Narrative
    (pp. 90-91)
  40. Intermission
    (pp. 92-97)
  41. Enormous bird . . .
    (pp. 98-101)
  42. Broken Stone
    (pp. 102-105)
  43. Wait for It to Comek
    (pp. 106-107)
  44. Summer in the Slums
    (pp. 108-111)
  45. Proof
    (pp. 112-115)
  46. That Is Enough for Me
    (pp. 116-119)
  47. Useless Words
    (pp. 120-123)
  48. Inventory of Places Propitious for Love
    (pp. 124-127)
  49. Square with Towers and Palaces
    (pp. 128-131)
  50. Preamble to Silence
    (pp. 132-133)
  51. Evening Waltz
    (pp. 134-135)
  52. Tango of the Dawn
    (pp. 136-137)
  53. Song to Sing a Song
    (pp. 138-139)
  54. It’s Hopeless
    (pp. 140-141)
  55. Words to Be Sung on a Sunday
    (pp. 142-145)
  56. Zero City
    (pp. 146-149)
  57. First Evocation
    (pp. 150-153)
  58. Whatever You Want
    (pp. 154-155)
  59. It Was Never the Same Again
    (pp. 156-157)
  60. The Uses of Nostalgia
    (pp. 158-161)
  61. Funeral Quintet for Graveyard Strings and Country Piano
    (pp. 162-163)
  62. Magic Realism
    (pp. 164-167)
  63. Science as Affliction
    (pp. 168-170)
  64. Back Matter
    (pp. 171-172)