Spring 1939 • Vol. I No. 2 NonfictionApril 1, 1939 |

Federico Garcia Lorca

In 1936 Lorca was dragged through the streets of Granada to face the Fascist firing squad. The reasons were not obvious. He was not active in Leftist circles; but he was a power—he was a man of the people. His books were burned. There are two great traditional schools of Spanish poetry, one leaning heavily upon world literature and another stemming exclusively from Iberian sources. Lorca was child of the latter, so much so that he is often, as if slightly to disparage him, spoken of as a popular poet. Popular he was as no poet in Spain has been since the time of Lope de Vega. He belonged to the people and when they were attacked he was attacked by the same forces. But he was also champion of a school. The sources whence Lorca drew his strength are at the beginnings of Spanish literature. In the epic conflict which the Spanish maintained in over four thousand battles for the reconquest of the Peninsula from the Moors, there stands out an invincible leader who was, and cont

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William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was a major writer in the modernist movement. His works include Kora in Hell (1920), Spring and All (1923), and Pictures from Brueghel and Other Poems (1962). Williams was a highly acclaimed writer, winning the National Book Award in 1950 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1963.

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