Module Identifier SP30810  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor Robert G Havard  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish.  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours 2 seminars; 2 tutorials  
  Lecture   12 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays of 2000 words each and one presentation.  100%

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, though intensely Spanish, offer vital perspectives on modern ideas: Pedro Salinas, Spain's greatest love poet since Becquer, with his deceptively simple technique, but whose work probes challenging metaphysical issues; 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 celebrates the joy of existence in a Whitmanesque and phenomenonological way that owes much to Ortega. All three poets share the conviction that poetry is the medium in which to probe important issues, notably that of self and reality.

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


Weeks 1-4   Jorge Guillen, Cantico (Seix Barral, Barcelona)
   5-8   Pedro Salinas, La voz a to debida (Castalia)
   9-12   Garcia Lorca, Poeta en Nueva York (any edition)

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Allen Rupert (1982) Symbolic Experience... Poems by Pedro Salinas, Alabama
Costa Viva, Olga (1969) Pedro Salinas frente a la realidad Madrid
Feal Diebe, Carlos (1965) La poesia de Pedro Salinas Madrid
Gonzalez Muela J (1958) 'Poesia y amistad, Jorge Guillen y Pedro Salinas' BHS
Havard Robert Articles in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 1974, 1979, 1983, in Orbis Litterarum 1983, romance Studies 1985, Sin nombre 1984
Stixrude, David L (1975) The Early Poetry of Pedro Salinas Princeton
Havard, Robert (2001) The Crucified Mind includes commentary on Lorca's Poeta en Nueva York Tamesis
Alonso, Damaso (1965) Poetas espanoles contemporaneos Madrid
Havard Robert (1988) From Romanticism to Surrealism Seven Spanish Poets - Cardiff, includes chapters on Lorca, Guillen, Machado, Salinas.
Morris C B (1969) A Generation of Spanish Poets Cambridge
Zardoya, Concha (1968) Poesia espanola del 98 y del 27 Madrid
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
Duran, Manuel (1962) Lorca A Collection of Critical Essays Englewood
Gibson Ian (1985) Federico Garcia Lorca, I De Fuentevaqueros a Nueva York 1898-1929 Barcelona
Harris Derek (1978) Garcia Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York London
Havard Robert (1977) 'Lorca's Buster Keaton, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 54,
Morris C B (1992) 'Fat Body, Thin Soul Lorca's Landscape of Coney Island', in Lorca Poet and Playwright, ed. R Havard, Cardiff
Casalduero, Joaquin (1953) Cantico de Jorge Guillen Madrid
Ciplijauskaite, Birute (1975) Jorge Guillen Madrid
Dibicki Andrew P (1973) La poesia de Jorge Guillen Madrid
Gil de Biedma, Jaime (1960) 'Cantico', el mundo y la poesia de J Guillen Barcelona
Gonzalez Muela J (1973) La realidad y Jorge Guillen Madrid
Havard Robert (1986) Jorge Guillen, Cantico London
Ruiz de conde, J (1973) El 'Cantico' americano de Jorge Guillen Madrid


This module is at CQFW Level 6