Saturday, 12 January 2013

Lorca and his search of a beginning

Everybody has their own opinion about great poets but for me, personally, I'm convinced that Lorca is one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, and perhaps, of all time. What attracts me in Lorca's poetry is the vivid folk imagery of the past and its sufferers. Lorca, until his very last day, aligned himself with the unhappy, marginalised and persecuted. His poetry always took the side of the victim with limitless sympathy that just reflected the human being he was. 

Lorca's poetry, in some respects, is a nostalgia for the past and has been greatly influenced by Granada's unsettling history. Lorca's love to Granada is unparalleled. To him, Granada was the 'blood of the wounded earth' that forged his poetic mind and Andalusian soul.  I have always thought of Lorca as a product of Granada and its past and of his poetry as a window to look through that past and expose its dark side. 

In August 1936, a fascist death squad murdered Lorca as a reaction against his leftist political views and personal believes and values, particularly his homosexuality and depiction of women. Lorca's work revolved around values that were rejected by the church for centuries such as freedom of woman and love. When Lorca wrote Yerma, a sexually charged play about a childless woman who dreams of having a child, he was attacked by many and the play was described as an immoral work and anti-Catholic piece of writing. That was just the beginning of Lorca's witch-hunt that ended with three bullets in his neck and left him alive, in our hearts, for ever. 

''When the pure forms went down,
    under the chirping of daisies,
      I realised they had murdered me"  F.G. Lorca