The Theory and Play of Duende – Federico García Lorca

In his brilliant lecture entitled "The Theory and Play of Duende" Federico García Lorca attempts to shed some light on the haunting and inexplicable sadness that lives in the heart of certain works of art. "All that has dark sound has duende", he says, "that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher can explain. … Continue reading The Theory and Play of Duende – Federico García Lorca

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The use of Nature imagery in the works of Federico Garcia Lorca

Federico Garcia Lorca In his Ode to Walt Whitman, Lorca asks "Whose perfect voice will sing the truths of wheat?" Throughout the poem, he is lamenting the absence of men of the calibre of the "lovely Walt Whitman". The truths of wheat...  Federico Garcia Lorca uses symbolic, nature imagery throughout his work. Whilst addressing sexuality … Continue reading The use of Nature imagery in the works of Federico Garcia Lorca

Arts require a living body to interpret them: Lorca on Duende

“All arts are capable of duende, but where it finds greatest range, naturally, is in music, dance, and spoken poetry, for these arts require a living body to interpret them, being forms that are born, die, and open their contours against an exact present.” - Federico García Lorca "When we acknowledge duende, when we allow … Continue reading Arts require a living body to interpret them: Lorca on Duende