Platero and I

ISBN-10: 0292764790

ISBN-13: 9780292764798

Edition: 1957

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This lyric portrait of life--and the little donkey, Platero--in a remote Andalusian village is the masterpiece of Juan Ramn Jimnez, the Spanish poet awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 1957
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1983
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 218
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

On receiving the Nobel Prize in 1956, Juan Ramon Jimenez was praised for "his lyrical poetry, which constitutes an inspiring example in the Spanish language of spirituality and artistic purity." Jimenez's works have indeed provided inspiration for many younger Spanish poets--- Federico Garcia Lorca, Pedro Salinas, and Jorge Guillen among them---as well as for Latin American poets. His poetic world is both aesthetic and spiritual. Through poetry Jimenez endeavored not only to express his interior reality but also to reach the highest levels of spiritual experience. Jimenez's early work is marked by a short period of modernism followed by a rejection of it in favor of simpler forms, particularly that of traditional Spanish ballads. The turmoil and anxiety produced by his sea voyage to the United States to marry an American, Zenobia Camprubi, and their return as newlyweds began his second period. That phase was characterized by increasing subjectivity and purification of his poetry, a process furthered by Zenobia, who protected him from intrusions of the world. His use of women to symbolize the objects of his desires to know and experience reveals the influence of Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. In his final stage, he embarked on a mystical search for the absolute. His revelation was that "God desired" and "God desiring" reside within his own soul. Platero and I (1914), a poignant and charming story in poetic prose about a silver-gray donkey named Platero, is popular with children. Jimenez did not intend it for children exclusively, however, but rather as a celebration of the essence of the child, "a spiritual island fallen from heaven."

Platero
Platero
Juegos del anochecer
Games at Dusk
La carretilla
The Little Cart
El pan
The Bread
Amistad
Our Friendship
La arrulladora
The Lullaby Singer
El tio de las vistas
The Old Man of the Pictures
El sello
The Rubber Stamp
La perra parida
The Mother Dog
Los fuegos
The Fireworks
La luna
The Moon
Alegria
Happiness
Pasan los patos
Passing of the Ducks
El canario se muere
The Death of the Canary
El eco
The Echo
Navidad
Christmas
La corona de perejil
The Wreath of Parsley
Los Reyes Magos
The Wise Kings
Carnaval
Carnival
Afterword
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