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Modern Spanish Lyrics   By: (1878-1970)

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ELIJAH CLARENCE HILLS, PH. D., LITT.D. Professor of Romance Languages in Colorado College


S. GRISWOLD MORLEY, PH. D. University of Colorado



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The present volume aims to furnish American students of Spanish with a convenient selection of the Castilian lyrics best adapted to class reading. It was the intention of the editors to include no poem which did not possess distinct literary value. On the other hand, some of the most famous Spanish lyrics do not seem apt to awaken the interest of the average student: it is for this reason that scholars will miss the names of certain eminent poets of the siglo de oro . The nineteenth century, hardly inferior in merit and nearer to present day readers in thought and language, is much more fully represented. No apology is needed for the inclusion of poems by Spanish American writers, for they will bear comparison both in style and thought with the best work from the mother Peninsula.

The Spanish poems are presented chronologically, according to the dates of their authors. The Spanish American poems are arranged according to countries and chronologically within those divisions. Omissions are indicated by rows of dots and are due in all cases to the necessity of bringing the material within the limits of a small volume. Three poems (the Fiesta de toros of Moratín, the Castellano leal of Rivas and the Leyenda of Zorrilla) are more narrative than lyric. The romances selected are Page iv the most lyrical of their kind. A few songs have been added to illustrate the relation of poetry to music.

The editors have been constantly in consultation in all parts of the work, but the preparation of the Prosody , the Notes (including articles on Spanish American literature) and the part of the Introduction dealing with the nineteenth century, was undertaken by Mr. Hills, while Mr. Morley had in charge the Introduction prior to 1800, and the Vocabulary . Aid has been received from many sources. Special thanks are due to Professor J.D.M. Ford and Dr. A.F. Whittem of Harvard University, Don Ricardo Palma of Peru, Don Rubén Darío of Nicaragua, Don Rufino Blanco Fombona of Venezuela, Professor Carlos Bransby of the University of California, and Dr. Alfred Coester of Brooklyn, N.Y.



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PREFACE INTRODUCTION: I. Spanish Lyric Poetry to 1800 II. Spanish Lyric Poetry of the Nineteenth Century III. Spanish Versification


ROMANCES: Abenámar Fonte frida El conde Arnaldos La constancia El amante desdichado El prisionero VINCENTE (GIL) (1470 1540?) Canción TERESA DE JESÚS (SANTA) (1515 1582) Letrilla (que llevaba por registro en su breviario) LEÓN (FRAY LUIS DE) (1527 1591) Vida retirada ANÓNIMO Á Cristo crucificado VEGA (LOPE DE) (1562 1635) Canción de la Virgen Mañana QUEVEDO (FRANCISCO DE) (1580 1645) Epístola satírica al conde de Olivares Letrilla satírica VILLEGAS (ESTEBAN MANUEL DE) (1589 1669) Cantilena: De un pajarillo CALDERÓN DE LA BARCA (PEDRO) (1600 1681) "Estas que fueron pompa y alegría," Consejo de Crespo á su hijo GONZÁLEZ (FRAY DIEGO) (1733 1794) El murciélago alevoso page vi MORATÍN (NICOLÁS F. DE) (1737 1780) Fiesta de toros en Madrid JOVELLANOS (GASPAR M... Continue reading book >>

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