Biography of Luis Alberto de Cuenca (1950-VVVV)

Poet, translator and Spanish philologist born in Madrid on December 29, 1950. He graduated in 1973 and earned a doctorate in 1976 with extraordinary Prize in Classical Philology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has held the positions of research professor of the Superior Council of scientific research, director of the Institute of philology of the C.S.I.C. (1995-1996) and director-general of the National Library (1996-1999). In 1999 he was appointed Secretary of State for culture. Among many other awards, he received the Critics Award, in 1985, and the national prize for translation in 1987. It has two children: Álvaro and Ines.

Determining poet for the Spanish poetry of the last thirty years, has also developed an important work in the field of translation. Thus, he has translated Homer, Euripides, Callimachus, Argentario, Luciano, María de France, Chrétien de Troyes, Guillermo de Aquitania, Ramon Llull, Horace Walpole, Charles Cazotte, Charles Nodier, Gérard de Nerval , or Wilhelm Hauff, among others. It has also made some important critical editions of Boscan, Agustín Pérez Zaragoza, Gabriel Bocángel, Jardiel Poncela, Rubén Darío or Euripides; and he has adapted the scene La Gran Sultana, Cervantes. His research works - many - have been published in numerous journals (new magazine, Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos, Insula, classical studies, Emerita, Historia 16, etc.), and it is a regular contributor to the daily newspaper ABC.

Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Prado published his first book of poems in 1971, portraits, and was that same year selected in the anthology mythic mirror of love and death by Professor Antonio Prieto. Then, basin has published seven books, aside from plaquettes or anthologies of his poems. Among all of them, perhaps the box of silver (1985) his most important book so it meant for the "new" Spanish poetry after the emergence of the new aesthetic. Decisive author for new promotions of poets, has been included in major anthologies of poetry from the 1970s to the present day. In addition to the aforementioned Professor Prieto, Luis Alberto de Cuenca is present in: young Spanish poetry (C. G. morality and R. M. Pereda, 1979); Florilegium (Elena de Jongh Rossel, 1982); The 70 poets (M. P. Palomero, 1987); The new poetry (1975-1999) (Miguel García Posada, 1992); Thirty years of Spanish poetry (J. L. García Martín, 1996; Antología de la poesía Spanish 1960-1975 (J. J. Lanz, 1997); The last third of the century 1968-1998 (J. C. Mainer, 1999); and milestones and sign 1966-1996 (R. Pérez Virtanen, 2001).

The poetic work of Luis Alberto de Cuenca (very representative, therefore in contemporary Spanish poetry) has three stages. A first, is comprised of the first three books: Elsinore, portraits, a poetry that contains all the weight and Scholia culturalist the cosmetic brand had deposited in poetry Spanish since 1966, was published when Burns sea, Pedro Gimferrer, authentic milestone of our contemporaneity. Thus, these three first books of basin enroll in a world top culturalist, where the predominance of erudition and culture lead to the poem to an excess of artificiality, as happened with another poet companion of basin: Luis Antonio de Villena.

The second stage of this poet began with the publication of a short collection of poems, necrophilia, in 1983, which somewhat anticipated his later book of 1985, the Silver box, which acquired a leading role in the "new" Spanish poetry (because it affected his writing in other languages such as Basque, catalan and Galician). Other poetry books as another dream (1987) or axe and the rose (1993) were found in this path. It is clear that silver box, with Cuenca in Spanish poetry introduced a daily Express, full of humor, but also mystery. This, like other books, endorses a return to the classical metric which, like many other poets younger than basin, will be predominantly resource in the 1980s Spanish poetry and ninety.

The last book of basin, by strong and borders (1996), although without abandoning all common resources in previous books of poetry (humor, clarity, classical metric and cults themes), seems to converge towards a poetic stage, where may be warned, more if possible, certain everyday plywood by a deepening in the theme.

The Silver box (one of the most decisive books of the last thirty years) marks a milestone in the end-of-century Castilian poetry. He was born with this collection of poems that "clear line" which championed, halfway through the Decade of the eighties, the busy "poetry of experience". The poems of this book developed a blend of culture and life (culturalism, by the subject; but everyday life, by the expression) whose most notable elements are the humor, irony and tragedy; humor, Yes, but dyed a deep lyricism in the usual self-assurance of his poetry. The motive culturalist, because it is hidden in excess, but it flies over the poem clearly, especially when the poet recovers the "dramatic monologue", Anglo-Saxon poetic resource, recovered by Luis Cernuda to Spanish poetry.

This book is structured in three parts. "The bridge of the sword" brings together some brilliant poems, such as "Amour fou", "Wound" and "Conversation", already showing the resources most coveted by the poet: sincerity, clarity, rigor metric and tragedy in the spot. "Amour fou" is one of the most interesting poems of recent years, written in white Alexandrians and which develops the theme of unfulfilled love.


"Kings fall in love of her younger daughters.They decide one day, while the cortesanosdiscuten about the ritual of some ceremoniaque forgot and that must return from oblivion.The Kings fall in love with their daughters, the amancon ice whips, possessive, vicious, obscene and terrible, agonizing, crazy.So no one can marry them, insoluble planteanenigmas a few pretendientesaspiran to the hand of the Princess. So many Princes beheaded in vain has looked at.

The Kings annihilate with their young daughters, break, destroy every night in bed."Day, they move away on ships of the suenoy they dictate laws, solemn and gloomy".

The "black series" the novel and the film police, intersect to express direct daily business impregnated both a sarcastic humor and subtle tragedy, as they reflect the poems "Married" or "endangered". Poetry made with film flashes, which may correspond to a cinematographic dialogue or narration of a brief event full of intrigue and suspense.

The breeze of the street" innermost a second part of the book. Perhaps, the most important. In this section, basin uses the oneiric motives that lead you to a world full of nightmares and everyday actions. Autobiography and denominationalism are the key points of this part, where the longer poems and more complex stories are found.

Metric rigor with which the poet faces his verses is striking in this book (as well as all of his work). Thus, it is common to find a classical sonnet ("the editor Francisco Arellano..."), which dissents from the traditional verse by the strong colloquialism we find in it. It is also frequent the use of Origen, as well as the blind leading resort, sometimes keeping a slight assonance that marks a pace relaxed, at the time that rips its expressive authenticity with which he faces the poet autobiographical themes interspersed with scholars from the perusal of classical authors universal reasons.

In 2010 he was elected academician of the Royal Academy of history, which he joined on February 6, 2011. His admission speech was titled "History and poetry".




Portraits, Azur, 1971 Elsinore, Madrid, Azur, 1972 Scholia, Barcelona, Antonio Bosch, 1978. The box of silver, Renaissance, 1985. The other dream, Seville, Renaissance, 1987. Poetry (1970-1989), Seville, Renaissance, 1990. The axe and the rose, Renaissance, 1993. By forts and frontiers, Madrid, Visor, 1996. The worlds and the days. Poesía 1972-1998, Madrid, Visor, 1999. Insomnia, 2000. Mythologies, 2001. Anthology. Without fear or hope, Madrid, Visor, 2002. We will be happy and other poems of humor and deshumor, 2003. Anthology. The hidden enemy, 2003. Anthology. The bridge of the sword: new poems, 2003. Of love and bitterness, 2003. Anthology. Ten poems and five prose, 2004. Now and forever, 2004. His name was that of all the women and other poems of love and heartbreak, 2005. Anthology. Life in flames, 2006. Poetry 1979-1996, 2006. at point-blank range. Insight. Notebooks of the Boreal, 2. IES "Universidad Laboral", Cáceres, 2006. Memory Garden, 2007, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico. Personal anthology. Hello, my love, I am your Wolf, 2008. Anthology the white Kingdom, Madrid, Visor, 2010 haunted garden Anthology (1970-2010) the woman and the Vampire, 2010. The Raven and other Gothic poems, 2010. Anthology.

Valtario, (anonymous), Madrid, Siruela singing translation, 1987. Lancelot, the Knight of the cart (Chrétien de Troyes), Madrid, Alianza, 1983. Tragedies, III (Euripides), Madrid, Gredos, 1979. Hymns, epigrams and fragments (Callimachus), Madrid, Gredos, 1980. Antología de la poesía latina (in collaboration with A. Alvar), Madrid, Alianza, 1981. Complete poetries (Guillermo de Aquitania), Madrid, Siruela, 1983. History of the Kings of Britain (Geoffrey of Monmouth), Madrid, Siruela, 1984. The devil in love (Jacques Cazotte), Madrid, Siruela, 1985. Book of the order of chivalry (Ramón Llull), Madrid, Alianza, 1986. The thousand and one nights, 1988 Guillermo IX (Duke of Aquitaine), complete songs, 1988. PHILOSTRATUS the elder, images. PHILOSTRATUS the younger. Images. Callistratus, descriptions, 1993. Horace Walpole, hieroglyphic tales, 1995. Euripides, Hippolytus, 1995. Bilingual edition. Apollonius of Rhodes, the voyage of the Argonauts. Callimachus, hymns, 1996. Virgil, Aeneid, 1999. Chrétien de Troyes, the Knight of the cart, 2000. Geoffrey of Monmouth, history of the Kings of Britain, 2004. Other Spanish Floresta in various Cavalry, Madrid, Editora Nacional, 1975. Euphorion of Chalcis, founding Pastor of classical studies, 1976. Need the myth, Barcelona, Planeta, 1976. Museum, Barcelona, Antonio Bosch, 1978. Heroes role, Madrid, Anaya, 1990. The hero and his masks, Mondadori, 1991. So on, Sevilla, Renaissance, 1993. Album of readings, Madrid, 1996. One hundred best poems in the Spanish language, Madrid, Espasa-Calpe, 1998. Fragment of a novel (1996). Smoke (1999) signals Creamery (2001) from Gilgamesh to Francisco Nieva (2005) Adrián Díaz Arteche and delighted balm (2005) finding Fernando dawn Estalayo and techniques for finding and using information, Univ. Carlos III, Getafe, Madrid (2008) need of the myth (2008) ninth art, (2010) proper names, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid (2011)


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