Gabriela Mistral: Selected Poems

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Gabriela Mistral: Selected Poems

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics

2006

May 21st, 2006

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Gabriela Mistral (1889-1967), Chile's 'other' great poet of the twentieth century, is little known outside the Spanish-speaking world, and unlike Pablo Neruda has not been extensively translated into English. She deserves better, particularly as the first Latin American recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature (1945), and this selection of her poetry is designed to introduce her to an English-speaking public. Born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in the Elqui valley in the 'little north' of Chile, she became a schoolteacher at the age of fifteen and went on to become an educator of international renown, an architect of educational reform in Mexico, and a cultural administrator at the League of Nations. She began publishing prose and verse pieces in newspapers and reviews at about the same age. Four major collections of her poems were published in her lifetime: Desolacion (Desolation) in 1922, Ternura (Tenderness) in 1924, Tala (Felling) in 1938, and Lagar (Wine Press) in 1954, followed by Poema de Chile published after her death. Poems from each of these five collections are included here. The landscape and people of her native Chile are a constant theme in her work, even though she lived most of her adult life away from Chile, largely as a consul - unpaid for many years - in Europe, Brazil, and the U.S.A., where she died. Her great love of children, who were the main preoccupation of her life and whom she both understood and respected; motherhood, and her lack of it; loss of people she loved; religious faith, tested and at times unorthodox, are other abiding themes. Her language is direct, passionate, rooted in local usage. The whole of her work, in prose as well as in verse, is a reflection of the absolute integrity of her life.

...a highly recommended no-nonsense introduction to the work of Mistral'

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Title Page2
Copyright Page3
Contents4
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS6
PREFACE8
INTRODUCTION10
I. DESOLATION38
Rodin’s The Thinker40
For the Hebrew People42
The Lone Child46
Ballad48
The Sonnets of Death50
Prayer54
The Bones of the Dead58
Patagonian Landscapes60
To the Clouds66
Autumn68
Summit72
II. TENDERNESS74
Rocking76
Discovery78
Mexican Child80
Chilean Land84
Fear86
The Rat88
The Air90
Mountain92
Larks94
The Earth96
III. FELLING97
Flight100
The Rose104
The Foreigner106
Drinking108
We were All going to be Queens112
Things118
Catalonian Women124
IV. WINE PRESS125
The Other128
The Fall of Europe132
Hospital136
Helpers140
The Jewish Refugee142
Daybreak; Morning; Evening; Night144
The Last Tree148
V. POEM OF CHILE152
Waking up154
My Mountains156
Patch of Clover158
Valparaíso160
Poplar Groves162
Talcahuano164
Apple trees166
Ferns170
Southern Islands174
BIBLIOGRAPHY175