Biography of Antonio Carvajal (1943-VVVV)

Spanish writer born in Albolote (Granada), on August 14, 1943. Spanish poet belonging to the generation of the 70s, in the neo-Baroque line.

It is doctor in romance philology and Professor at the University of Granada, which has been Vice-Dean of the school of translators and interpreters. He was responsible for "Corymb of poetry" and "spreads" collections from time to time. Directs, in turn, the "Genil" of the provincial Council of Granada collection. In 1991, he received the Critics Award for his book testimony of winter. Her work has been translated into Italian and English.

As a poet, Carvajal was unveiled in 1968, with his book Tigers in the garden, which won a first recognition to the critics of his time, and which was included in the famous anthology of poetry new Spanish poetry, a compilation made by the critic Enrique Martínez Brown in 1970. His second book of poems, Serenade and garden (1973) would already show a conscious of his achievements poet. Located in the famous generation of 70, sponsored by a strong culturalism and representative of an essentially aesthetic poetry, Carvajal was going to delve into a line that might be called neo-Baroque. Comprehensive monitoring of the Andalusian poets of Baroque, contemporary of the cordovan Góngora Luis, over his fixation on classic poets, such as Fray Luis de León, Juan de la Cruz or Garcilaso, would constitute a poet of classical, very relational bias with the Andalusian Baroque tradition. Inserted in this first period, Carvajal was published almost a fantasy (1975), whose manufacture dated back to 1963, having remained unpublished for more than one decade. If Serenade and knife Carvajal began a clear experimentation--both the metric and the themes developed--in a poetic work, in the following poetry books - Siesta on the lookout (1979) and ballesteros (1981) website - would continue this line so full of humanism and autobiography, winks referred to their privacy. All of his poetry, to date, would go to compiled in the Tome extravagant hierarchy (1983), with allusion including to the ingenuity of Gracián, ending the first stage of the poet from Granada.

From this compilation of his work, Carvajal began a second phase that would be delving into the antequerano-granadina tradition of the Baroque poets of the 17TH, where the passage of time and the loss of paradise are thematic nuclei of the works that compose it. Books are the most representative servitude step (1982), the wind in the jasmines (1982) and news of September (1984) and a celestial whim (1988), the latter with which announces a next stage, third, that culminated with the publication of testimony of winter (1900), prize of the critics and, perhaps, his best-known volume book.

Indeed, testimony of winter is his work Summit, in which winter symbolizes both loneliness and death. Logically, the winter means the final season, one in which things or die or survive. On this path the following poetry books are: rhymes of Santafé (1990), looks over the water (1993) and satin, milena and Pearl (1995), formally relentless and religious-inspired books, in many cases, continuing its reflection on death.

Soul Shining region (1997) is another success of the poet from Granada, that in this new installment develops a dialogue between the poet and the world, narrowing his eyes, not about the man, but about nature that dominates it and, finally, vence. Meanwhile, columbarium of summer (1999) continues presented in soul, in this sense, more reflective and dimmed more if possible by the presence of death and the fearsome passage of time.

Ultimately, the work of Antonio Carvajal is an example of encounter between tradition and modernity, technical and poetic truth.

Anthology of verses

Final paradise

Fighting hand-to-hand, we want verasY fire of my flesh is the flower of your cheek.The kiss on their volume equals the semillaque springs ' verdemente ' with two leaves first.

In the shell of amber well the primaverasun serene stream of honey and Chamomile.It has feathers land Blackbird and hoopoe; cries in our embrace Canaries and jilgueras.

The shell dissolves in milk, into a torrent of wine spring, oil and resina:no there's nothing like the lily which we both shake.

There in the cave of cream palate of palomay in gardens closed to the Sun to open declinaparaisos of touch and aroma.

(Of tigers in the garden)

Autumn in the sense

I love November day: new wine and chrysanthemums.The feperdida days, when hemosde be fighting so queremosy against what noqueremos.From here I can see lejanassierras from grey or domenor; serious Besana, late harvests, the tempranassiembras; trees, few; melancholy, much; but algunaironia locospajaros, vaga luna, ripe fruit falling, well unaa, or gardener with strange mimosy recogeel lays in the trojeo alone or in clusters.I see also the poor that we live in, this will not be more quefracaso and will be happy.Ah, but I do know what?The day is so beautiful, so joyful air, and have, yet, a don't know what faith.

(From Serenade and knife)

Don't look back: because nothing remains: House, site, city, scrap-metal, rubble, hollow, gravel, smoke perhaps cloudy remotoo and slight dust.

Looking forward, although you retrocedael mood: the future is not broken: If dark, intact; fertile, because unknown.Want your will, your mood may.

But if you've sold to the pasadassombras; If slavery priced its precioen two or three coins without sound,

Afraid of freedom, you're not so tough; fears your forces, because they are worn; fears the future, then it will be your forgetfulness.

(from Ballesteros site)

Poetic work

Tigers in the garden, 1968. Serenade and knife, 1973. Almost a fantasy, 1975. NAP in the mirador, 1979. Site of ballesteros, 1981. Easement of passage, 1982. The Idyll and their hours, 1982. Extravagant hierarchy (poetry 1968-1981), 1983. After that I looked, 1984. The wind in the jasmines (1982-1984), 1984. News of September, 1984. Latch on November, 1985. January in windows, 1986. Of a celestial fad, 1988. Witness d and winter, 1990. Rhymes of Santafé, 1990. Poems of Granada, 1991. Silvestra of Sestinas, 1992. Looks over the water, 1993. Cities of province, 1994. Florida's angel, 1996. Satin milena and Pearl, 1995. The distant presence, 1997. Soul Shining region, 1997. Another cry of the soul, 1998. With Word inherited, 1999. A lost Star (anthology), 1999. Columbarium of summer, 1999.

Bibliography on Antonio Carvajal

AA.VV.: Antonio Carvajal. Poetry in the Campus, no. 34, Zaragoza, 1996, pp. 16-24.

CELMA, María Pilar: "Antonio Carvajal", abbreviated world (reading contemporary Spanish poets), Valladolid, field, 1995, pp. 455-475.

CHICHARRO, Antonio: "Preliminary study", in a lost Star (anthology), Madrid, Hiperión, 1999, pp, 9-70.

LANZ RIVERA, Juan José: "the conformation of the Baroque: a celestial whim, de Antonio Carvajal", in flame in the labyrinth (poetry and Poetics in the generation of 68), Mérida, Extremadura Regional Editor, 1994, pp. 173-181.

MIRO, Emilio: "Formal classicism and lyrical purity in Antonio Carvajal", Ínsula, no. 428-429, 1982, p. 16.

TALENS, Jenaro: "considerations on the poetry of Antonio Carvajal", homeland, Granada, April 20, 1969.

Ricardo Pérez Virtanen