Spain, Take This Chalice from Me and Other Poems

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-25
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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A major new bilingual edition of the Peruvian poet’s work Cesar Vallejo is one of the best-known Latin American poets of the twentieth century. Challenging, intense, and difficult to translate, Vallejo’s work has often been overshadowed by his fervent endorsement of communism. Noted scholar Ilan Stavans tackles the avant-garde poet’s politics head-on in an enlightening new introduction that places Vallejo in his proper literary context, while Margaret Sayers Peden’s new translation does full justice to Vallejo’s complex literary style. Including Spanish and English versions of more than eighty poems that span the arc of his career, this volume is certain to become the leading collection of Vallejo’s work for years to come.

Author Biography

Cesar Vallejo (1892-ű1938) published his first book of poems, Los Heraldos Negros, in 1919. He spent most of his life in Europe and died in dire poverty in Paris.
Margaret Sayers Peden is a recipient of the Gregory Kolovakos Award for Translation from the PEN Foundation and a translator of more than thirty books by authors including Isabel Allende, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz.
Ilan Stavans is a professor at Amherst College and the author of several books, including On Borrowed Words.

Table of Contents

Translator's Note
A Note on the Text
Black Heraldsp. 1
Black Heraldsp. 3
Agile Soffitsp. 4
Half Lightp. 5
Absentp. 7
Deep Sea Diversp. 8
The Spiderp. 9
Babelp. 11
Pilgrimagep. 13
Of the Earthp. 16
Summerp. 17
Dregsp. 19
White Primerp. 21
Imperial Nostalgiasp. 22
Imperial Nostalgiasp. 23
Ip. 23
Iiip. 23
Huacop. 27
Dead Idyllp. 29
Thunderp. 30
Agapep. 31
White Rosep. 33
Our Daily Breadp. 35
Retablep. 39
Pagan Womanp. 41
Eternal Dicep. 43
Rainp. 45
Amorp. 47
Godp. 49
Unityp. 51
Muleteersp. 53
Songs of the Hearthp. 54
Fevered Lacep. 55
Distant Stepsp. 57
To My Brother Miguelp. 59
Januariadp. 61
Espergesiap. 65
Trice: IIIp. 71
Trice: Xp. 75
Trice: XIp. 77
Trice: XIIIp. 79
Trice: XIVp. 81
Trice: XVp. 83
Trice: XVIp. 85
Trice: XXIVp. 87
Trice: XXVIIIp. 89
Trice: XXXIVp. 93
Trice: XXXVp. 95
Trice: XXXVIp. 99
Trice: LVIp. 103
Trice: LXVp. 105
Human Poemsp. 109
Trilcep. 111
Violence of the Hoursp. 115
The Windows Have Shuddered...p. 119
The Lowest Moment of My Lifep. 127
Bone Nomenclaturep. 131
I Am Going to Talk About Hopep. 133
Height and Hairp. 137
Until the Day I Come Back, from This Rock...p. 139
Today I Am Much Less Fond of Life...p. 141
Epistle to Passersbyp. 145
Reliance on the Eyeglasses, Not the Eye...p. 149
Today I Would Like to Be Happy Willingly...p. 151
And If After So Many Words...p. 155
Nine Monstersp. 159
There Are Days I Am Struck by an Overflowing, Politic Longing...p. 165
Black Stone on a White Stonep. 169
Poem to Be Read and Sungp. 171
Life, This Life...p. 173
Paris, October 1936p. 177
Farewell Recalling an Adiosp. 179
And Don't Say a Word to Me...p. 181
In Short, I Have Nothing That Can Express My Life but My Death...p. 183
The Forsakenp. 187
Oh Empty Bottle of Wine! Oh Wine...p. 191
Racked, Solomonic, Decent...p. 195
Alfonso, You Are Looking at Me, I'm Aware...p. 197
Possibly I Am Someone Else...p. 201
Wedding Marchp. 203
Anger That Breaks the Man into Boys...p. 205
Sweetness Through Heart Sweetness!...p. 207
It's All Because the Place Where I Put On...p. 211
Sermon on Deathp. 215
Spain, Take this Chalice from Mep. 219
Hymn to the Volunteers of the Republicp. 221
Battlesp. 233
He Used to Write in the Air with His Big Toe...p. 243
The Beggars Fight for Spainp. 247
Spanish Image of Deathp. 249
Procession Following the Capture of Bilbaop. 253
Several Days the Air, Companeros...p. 257
Here...p. 261
Brief Funeral Prayer for a Hero of the Republicp. 265
Winter in the Battle of Teruelp. 267
I Looked at the Corpse...p. 271
Massp. 273
Funeral Drumroll for the Rubble of Durangop. 275
Be Wary, Spain, of Your Own Spain...p. 279
Spain, Take This Chalice from Mep. 281
Index of Titles and First Linesp. 285
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