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Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2005
I discovered Bequer while in Spain, the land of this birth. I first read some excerpts from his works and was instantly drawn to them, especially the last two lines of #20. Que el alma que hablar peude con los ojos, Tambien puede besar con la mirada. "The soul that can speak with the eye, can also kiss with a gaze." His style is rather romantic, reminiscent of Byron, but in the end, Bequer is a little more progressive, a little more witty, a little undefinable as well. I have no comments on this particular book as I have not read it, hopefully the translation is good. If you have any interest in Garcia Lorca, Neruda, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, you will like this poet, you will enjoy this poet, and you will ascent to the heights of "What is poetry? You ask me...Poetry is you." (#21)
"Just when Spanish Romanticism was thought to have passed, arrived the True Romantic". This is the seminal work of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, The Prince Of Modern Spanish-Language Poets. As the Ancient Greeks, he sings to everything: from the supernatural and abstract description of inspiration, to the sad and thought-provoking poem on the loneliness of a dead child. Two Words: The Best! Look also for "Leyendas", the companion piece to "Rimas", they are usually sold together as one book.