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Readings to remember: Rafael Alberti

Posted in Rafael Alberti by lyrikline on 13. March 2014

Spanish poet Rafael Alberti (December 16, 1902 – October 28, 1999), a member of the Generation of ’27,  is one of the great literary figures of Spanish Literature.
After the Spanish Civil War, Alberti went into exile, lived in Argentina until 1963, moved to Italy for some years and returned to Spain in 1977 after the death of Franco.
In 1983, he was awarded the Premio Cervantes, the Spanish literary world’s highest honour.

In this clip Alberti reads the first and the last stanza of his poem Mar:



Here is the complete original poem, as well as translations of the first strophe into English, French and German.