Federico García Lorca

(5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936 / Fuente Vaqueros)

Declaring - Poem by Federico García Lorca

Find them a conscience declared in
an absolute casual
sun, find them a feat
declared by the happy
Absolute windows, absolute little lives
Always tell a wall, letter throne
stone desk-life, as it may
That which through
a cautious power dwells, accidental and passing

Comments about Declaring by Federico García Lorca

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (5/2/2017 1:56:00 PM)

    .... absolute little lives
    Always tell a wall, ............................... Only a poet could demonstrate the life this way. Unique!
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  • Lantz Pierre (5/2/2017 10:29:00 AM)

    It's really annoying that this site has no allowance for lines that don't begin with the first letter at the extreme left margin. Garcia Lorca's intended layout of this poem has been thoroughly corrupted by the by the crappy default settings of the text box here. Without the correct visual flow the poem loses a lot of its immediate impact. And I think this poem relies on that immediacy quite a bit.

    This is not a fully logical presentation. There should be a telling balance between the authoritarian feel of the language and the more flowing choreography of the lay-out on the page. When everything is left-justified that nuance is completely lost, and the poem falters. There needs to be that delicacy between meaning and vision to draw out the emotive impact. As it is presented here the non-sense surrealism, couched in harsh, biting phrases loses the brilliance of the dance exhibited in the way Garcia Lorca indented these lines and moved the readers eye with rhythm and playfulness that contributes to the overall impression the piece should elicit in the reader. It's a pity. It amounts to the same as editing the actual words. This is a perversion of how this poem should live on the page.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (5/2/2017 7:49:00 AM)

    About absolute power....Thanks for posting. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/2/2017 5:01:00 AM)

    Accidental and passing! ! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (5/2/2017 3:21:00 AM)

    a poem of the power ballot box maybe? ............well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/2/2017 12:17:00 AM)

    Cautious power...... thanks for posting..... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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