By Juan Ramón Jiménez
Translated by way of HR Hays; edited with preface by means of Eugenio Florit
this is a truly great selection of works by means of a now-neglected twentieth century Spanish poet. I've uploaded an variation of fifty poems. This anthology interprets a wide number of poems, in addition to prose poems, biographical sketches on Spanish and Latin American personalities (Ruben Dario, Enrique Granados, etc), essays ("Aristocracy and Democracy", "Poetry and Literature"), and a quick number of aphorisms. All in all, the main thorough English-language creation you're prone to locate of this Nobel laureate.
Juan Ramón Jiménez - Biographical
Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881-1958) belonged to the gang of writers who, within the wake of Spain's lack of her colonies to the us (1898), staged a literary revival. The chief of this team of modernistas, as they referred to as themselves, Rubén Darío, helped Juan Ramón to submit Almas de violeta (Souls of Violet), 1900, his first quantity of poetry. The years among 1905 to 1912 Ramón Jiménez spent at his birthplace, Moguer, the place he wrote Elejías puras (Pure Elegies), 1908, l. a. soledad sonora (Sonorous Solitude), 1911, and Poemas mágicos y dolientes (Magic Poems of Sorrow), 1911. His early poetry was once motivated by way of German Romanticism and French Symbolism. it really is strongly visible and ruled through the colors yellow and eco-friendly. His later variety, decisive, officially ascetic, and ruled through white, emerges within the poetic prose of his gentle Platero y yo (Platero and I), 1914, and is absolutely built in Diario de un poeta recién casado (Diary of a Newly-Wed Poet), 1917, written in the course of a visit to the USA, in addition to in Eternidades (Eternities), 1918, Piedra y cielo (Stone and Sky), 1919, Poesía (Poetry), 1923, and Belleza (Beauty), 1923. within the twenties, Ramón Jiménez grew to become the said grasp of the hot iteration of poets. He was once energetic as a critic in addition to an editor of literary journals. In 1930 he retired to Seville to dedicate himself to the revision of his previous paintings. Six years later, because the results of the Spanish Civil conflict, he left Spain for Puerto Rico and Cuba. He remained in Cuba for 3 years and, in 1939, went to the USA, which turned his place of abode till 1951, whilst he moved certainly to Puerto Rico. in the course of those years Juan Ramón taught at a number of universities and released Españoles de tres mundos (Spaniards of 3 Worlds), 1942, a booklet of prose photographs, and several other collections of poems, between them Voces de mi copla (Voices of My Song), 1945, and Animal de fondo (Animal of Depth). The latter ebook, might be his top, basically finds the non secular preoccupations that stuffed the final years of the poet's lifestyles. decisions from such a lot of his works have been released in English translation in chosen Writings of Juan Ramón Jiménez and 3 Hundred Poems, 1903-1953. Ramón Jiménez died in Puerto Rico in 1958.
From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing corporation, Amsterdam, 1969
«I settle for with gratitude the undeserved honour which this illustrious Swedish Academy has noticeable healthy to bestow upon me. Besieged via sorrow and disorder, i have to stay in Puerto Rico, not able to take part without delay within the solemnities. And so you can have the dwelling testimony of my very own intimate emotions collected in daily organization of friendship firmly confirmed during this land of Puerto Rico, i've got requested Rector Jaime Benitez of its collage, the place i'm a member of the college, to be my own consultant ahead of you in all ceremonies attached with the Nobel Prize awards of 1956.»
I have came upon such affection for Juan Ramón Jiménez and such knowing for his works that I belief you'll excuse me if I unmarried out for certain thank you one amongst you so clever and penetrating that i'm yes all others might be completely happy to be famous in him. I check with your personal nice poet Hjalmar Gullberg, whose presentation this afternoon we will never forget and whose rendition of Juan Ramón Jiménez' poetry has delivered to the Scandinavian humans the transparent purity of our Andalusian master.
Juan Ramón Jiménez has requested me additionally to claim this: «My spouse Zenobia is the genuine winner of this Prize. Her companionship, her support, her idea made, for 40 years, my paintings attainable. this present day, with out her, i'm desolate and helpless.»
I have heard from the trembling lips of Juan Ramón Jiménez one of the most touching expressions of melancholy. For Juan Ramón is one of these poet that his each notice displays his personal inner country. We fervently wish that sometime his sorrow should be expressed in writing and that the reminiscence of Zenobia will supply renewed and eternal proposal to that groovy grasp of Hispanic letters, Juan Ramón Jiménez, whom you've honoured so signally today.
Prior to the speech, R. Granit, Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, made the subsequent feedback in regards to the Spanish poet: «Juan Ramón has been referred to as a poet for poets, however the layman can strategy him if prepared first to partake passively of the sheer visible fantastic thing about his panorama, wonderful Andalusia, its birds, its flora, pomegranates, and oranges. as soon as inside of his global, by way of leisurely examining and rereading, one steadily awakens to a brand new «living insight» into it, refreshed by way of the intensity and richness of an extraordinary poetical mind's eye. whereas doing so I recalled a talk among the painter Degas and the poet Mallarmé, as comparable through Paul Valéry. Degas, suffering from a sonnet, complained of the problems, and at last exclaimed: ‹And but i don't lack ideas...› Mallarmé with nice mildness answered: ‹But Degas, one doesn't create poetry with rules. One does it with words.› If ever there was encouraged use of phrases, it truly is in Juan Ramón Jiménez' poetry, and during this experience he's a poet for poets. this can be most likely additionally explanation why, in the entire Spanish-speaking international, he's considered as the instructor and master.
The literary awards may possibly contain judgements more challenging than the medical ones. but we should always be thankful to the founder for having integrated a literary Prize in his will. It provides dignity to the opposite awards and to the act itself; it emphasizes the human and cultural point which the 2 worlds of inventive mind's eye have in universal; and maybe, finally, it expresses deeper insights than scientists can ever achieve.»
From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1901-1967, Editor Horst Frenz, Elsevier Publishing corporation, Amsterdam, 1969
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