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(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.

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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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  • I was lucky enough to see with my own eyes the recent stock- market crash, where they lost several million dollars, a rabble of dead money that went sliding off into the sea. Never as then, amid suici...
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Lecture, March 1932, Madrid. "A Poet in New York," published in Poet in New York (1940, t...
  • There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers' battle with the heavens that cover them. Snow, rain, and mist highlight, drench, or conceal the vast towers, but those towers, hostile t...
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Lecture, March 1932, Madrid. "A Poet in New York," Poet in New York (1940, trans. 1988).
  • The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extrahuman architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish. At first glance, the rhythm may be confused with gaiety, but when you...
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Lecture, March 1932, delivered in Madrid. "A Poet in New York," published in Poet in New ...
  • The terrible, cold, cruel part is Wall Street. Rivers of gold flow there from all over the earth, and death comes with it. There, as nowhere else, you feel a total absence of the spirit: herds of men ...
    Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet, playwright. Lecture, March 1932, Madrid. "A Poet in New York," Poet in New York (1940, trans. 1988).
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  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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'.

  • 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!

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