Translation of the Sonnets of Vicente Gaos

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The major contribution of this volume resides in the aesthetic quality of the poetic translations. The originals are by a poet who cultivated the sonnet through his career, including during a period (toward the 1950s) when the sonnet was generally discarded in favor of social poetry, generally in simple prosaic forms. Gaos retained the traditional Spanish (or Petrarchan) form, and cultivated a high ideal which was subtly expressed in his poetry.This book is a loving contribution to an area of poetry often slighted in this century, but Vicente Gaos and his sonnets deserve to be remembered as a worthy addition to Spanish poetry.

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