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Federico García Lorca

(5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936 / Fuente Vaqueros)

Federico García Lorca
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Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director. García Lorca achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. He may have been shot by anti-communist forces during the Spanish Civil War In 2008, a Spanish judge opened an investigation into Lorca's death. The Garcia Lorca family eventually dropped objections to the excavation of a potential gravesite near Alfacar. However, no human remains were found.

Life and career

Early years

García Lorca was born on 5 June 1898, in Fuente Vaqueros, a small town a few miles west of Granada, southern Spain.His father, ... more »

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  • ''The only things that the United States has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails. That is all. And in Cuba, in our America, they make much better cocktails.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Interview, 1933; published in Obras Completas, vol. 3 (1986). Quoted in Poet in New York,...
  • ''In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. "The Duende: Theory and Divertissement, Appendix 6," Poet in New York (1940).
  • ''To see you naked is to recall the Earth.''
    Federico García Lorca (1899-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Casida de la Mujer Tendida.
  • ''New York is something awful, something monstrous. I like to walk the streets, lost, but I recognize that New York is the world's greatest lie. New York is Senegal with machines.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Interview, 1931, also published in: Obras Completas, vol. 3 (1986). Quoted in Poet in New...
  • ''Besides black art, there is only automation and mechanization.''
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Interview, 1936, published in Obras Completas, vol. 3 (1986). Quoted in Poet in New York,...
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  • Rookie Jlynne Thompson (11/3/2013 12:12:00 AM)

    I'm a fan of Lorca as well and new to the site. Is there a way to request a poem be added?

  • Rookie Kate Hobbs (5/26/2013 9:08:00 AM)

    Can anyone tell me the name of Federico Lorca's poem which contains the words tell my friends that I am dead.....I am wrapped in that blue ground that is the my... Or something similar.

    Many thanks

  • Rookie fleur de lys (7/26/2009 4:27:00 PM)

    For the most unforgettable and exquisite verse by the great Lorca you can't go past 'Sonnet', published here in Spanish as 'Soneto'.

  • Rookie Jay Warier (7/19/2009 10:56:00 AM)

    Lorca is one of my favorites.He really can cast a magical spell on us! And the moon comes back again and again in his lines! What a bliss he offers the reader!

  • Rookie Will Barber (2/28/2007 3:15:00 AM)

    A real artist - and I wish more of his works were available on this site - with or without translation.

    Garcia Lorca spoke for poetic and human liberty - but opponents of human liberty might have murdered him in any age, including our own.

    I'm serious - Falangism is a state of mind, in which all artists are at risk.

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