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Author QuotedFederico Garcia Lorca
Title QuotedRomancero Gitano. Poema del Cante Jondo. Llanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias
Date (Year/Month/Day)1939/12/17
ImprintBuenos Aires : Editorial Losada . 1938
QuotationLorca is easily the best religious poet of this century. I wish I could stop trying to make judgments-"best in the century" etc. Never got over the sin of editing a college yearbook. (What an embarrassing thing that was. Would like to buy back all the copies and burn them.) He is a "flamenco" poet. Flamenco music is terribly religious: Lorca's poetry is very very deeply religious. The poems of arrests are fascinating in the Romancero Gitano. There are certain attitudes in Prendimiento De Antonito el Camborio en el Camino de Sevilla which are the primitive and formal attitudes of figures in a Douanier Rousseau painting. The Arrest itself seems to be a kind of Douanier Rousseau treatment
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 106
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