Module Identifier SP20810  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours (2 seminars, 2 tutorials)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 1500 words each and one presentation100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have:

1) a sound knowledge of three poets of the 1927 Generation in Spain
2) a good knowledge of how to apply close reading skills

Brief description

This module looks in depth at three major Spanish poets of the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on developing close reading skills and an awareness of key aspects of modern European thought. All three poets are intensely Spanish and offer vital perspectives on modern ideas. They share the conviction that poetry is the medium in which to probe important issues, notably that of the self and reality. Pedro Salinas, Spain's greatest love poet since Becquer, with his deceptively simple technique, but whose work probes challenging metaphysical issues. Federico Garcia Lorca, at his most avant-garde in New York, where he experiments with Freudian free association in an attempt to understand his enigmatic self. Jorge Guillen, a vitalist who looks at the world in a phenomenological way, and who owes much to Ortega and to the European metaphysical tradition.

There is no examination; assessment is by two term essaysand one presentation.


Weeks 1-4   Jorge Guillen, Cantico
   5-8   Pedro Salinas: La voz a ti debida
   9-12   Garcia Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Alonsio Damaso (1965) Poetas espanoles contemporaneos Madrid
Havard Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism Seven Spanish Poets - includes chapters on Lorca, Guillen, Machado, Salinas. Cardiff
Zardoya, Concha (1968) Poesia espanola del 98 y del 27 Madrid
Morris C B (1969) A Generation of Spanish Poets Cambridge
Allen, Rupert C (1966) Una explicacion simbolica de "Iglesia abandonada" de Lorca Hispanofila, and A commentary on Lorca's El paeso de Buster Keaton, Hispanofila, 26
Gibson Ian (1985) Federico Garcia Lorca, I De Fuentevaqueros a Nueva York 1898-1929 Barcelona
Havard Robert (1977) 'Lorca's Buster Keaton, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 54,
Casalduero, Joaquin (1953) Cantico de Jorge Guillen Madrid
Dibicki Andrew P (1973) La poesia de Jorge Guillen Madrid
Gonzalez Muela J (1958) 'Poesia y amistad, Jorge Guillen y Pedro Salinas BHS
Feal Deibe Carlos (1965) La poesia de Pedro Salinas Madrid
Feal Deibe Carlos (1965) La poesia de Pedro Salinas Madrid
Costa Viva, Olga (1969) Pedro Salinas frente a la realidad Madrid
Allen Rupert (1982) Symbolic Experience... Poems by Pedro Salinas, Alabama
Ruiz de conde, J (1973) El 'Cantico' americano de Jorge Guillen Madrid
Havard Robert (1986) Jorge Guillen, Cantico London
Gonzalez Muela J (1973) La realidad y Jorge Guillen Madrid
Gil de Biedma, Jaime (1960) 'Cantico', el mundo y la poesia de J Guillen Barcelona
Stixrude, David L (1975) The Early Poetry of Pedro Salinas Princeton
Havard Robert Articles in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 1974, 1979, 1983, in Orbis Litterarum 1983, romance Studies 1985, Sin nombre 1984
Ciplijauskaite, Birute (1975) Jorge Guillen Madrid
Morris C B (1992) 'Fat Body, Thin Soul Lorca's Landscape of Coney Island', in Lorca Poet and Playwright, ed. R Havard, Cardiff
Harris Derek (1978) Garcia Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York London
Duran, Manuel (1962) Lorca A Collection of Critical Essays Englewood
** Essential Reading
Federico Garcia Lorca Poeta en Nueva York Austral editorial
Jorge Guillen Cantico Seix Barral
Pedro Salinas La voz a ti debida Castalia


This module is at CQFW Level 5