Federico García Lorca (Video)



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  • -Hi. I'm Rachel Stein, the research and instruction
  • librarian at the Latin American Library at Tulane University.
  • For the library's National Poetry Month celebration,
  • I've chosen to share one of my favorite poems, "Romance Sonámbulo,"
  • also known as "Verde Que Te Quiero Verde"
  • by the Spanish poet, Federico García Lorca.
  • Lorca was born in Granada, Spain in 1898, and he was tragically killed
  • by nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.
  • His legacy lives on in some of the most beautiful
  • and profound literary works ever written in the Spanish language.
  • Several parts of the poem I'll be reading have been enshrined
  • in popular culture as well, by way of flamenco music.
  • This poem has stuck with me for more than a decade.
  • I first read it as a freshman in college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
  • The first verse repeated throughout, and the green imagery are unforgettable.
  • I hope you'll enjoy.
  • "Verde que te quiero verde. Verde viento. Verdes ramas.
  • "El barco sobre la mar y el caballo en la montaña.
  • "Con la sombra en la cintura ella sueña en su baranda,
  • "verde carne, pelo verde, con ojos de fría plata.
  • "Verde que te quiero verde. Bajo la luna gitana,
  • "las cosas la están mirando y ella no puede mirarlas.
  • "Verde que te quiero verde. Grandes estrellas de escarcha
  • "vienen con el pez de sombra que abre el camino del alba.
  • "La higuera frota su viento con la lija de sus ramas,
  • "y el monte, gato garduño, eriza sus pitas agrias.
  • "¿Pero quién vendra? ¿Y por dónde...? Ella sigue en su baranda,
  • Verde carne, pelo verde, soñando en la mar amarga."