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Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Arvio
Published: Sat Jul 1 2017
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Bells for the Dead

Translated from the Spanish by Sarah Arvio

 

In the yellow
towers
bells ring

In the yellow
winds
bells ring and ring

Death goes by
on the road
crowned with withered
orange blossoms
She sings and sings
a song
with her white lute
and sings and sings and sings

In the yellow towers
the bells stop ringing

Wind shapes the dust
into silver prows

 

Federico García Lorca (1898–1936) is considered one of the greatest poets and playwrights of the twentieth century. He was murdered by Fascist forces at the outset of the Spanish Civil War.

Sarah Arvio is the author of night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis; Sono: Cantos; and Visits from the Seventh (all Alfred A. Knopf). “Bells for the Dead” is forthcoming in a new volume of the works of Federico García Lorca, Poet in Spain: New Translations (Knopf, 2017). (9/2017)

Federico Garcí­a Lorca (1898–1936) is considered one of the greatest poets and playwrights of the twentieth century. He was murdered by Fascist forces at the outset of the Spanish Civil War.

Sarah Arvio is the author of night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis; Sono: Cantos; and Visits from the Seventh (all Alfred A. Knopf). Forthcoming is a new volume of the works of Federico Garcí­a Lorca, Poet in Spain: New Translations (Knopf, 2017). (updated 9/2017)

AGNI has published the following translations:

“Bells for the Dead” by Federico García Lorca
“[The mown field]” by Federico García Lorca

 

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