That Living of the Sea: The Sea in Greek Poetry
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Original Title: Aquél vivir del mar
“Running through the verses of all the poets of Ancient Greece are marine rhythms and murmurs, the roaring of waves, the foamy manes of seahorses, the elastic sheen of dolphins, and the sparkling liquid, solar, or lunar paths. The Hellenic imagination of the sea is abundant and invigorating. It supplies us with a memory crisscrossed with boats, men, and gods, of marvellous dolphins, beating of oars, damp winds, masts that don’t forget their sheltering destiny of a tree at sea, semi-devoured corpses of sailors, shells that are votive offerings, exhausted nets, the smell of seaweed, and ports that are hailed.” Aurora Luque would have wished that there had existed in her early youth an anthology of the many voices that sang in Greek of the sea over a period of more than a thousand years. On not finding it, she decided to undertake the task herself. Aquel vivir del mar is her invitation to share the journey from Homer and Hesiod to later poets like Philodemus and Rufinus who, like her, love the Mediterranean.
«Luque is expert at reflecting an inner world that runs alongside the Graeco-Latin past, developing a rich dynamics between poetical creation and Classical evocation, autobiography and literary history, building bridges between what has been lived, read and dreamt».(D. Hdez. De La Fuente, La Razón).
«Luque is expert at reflecting an inner world that runs alongside the Graeco-Latin past, developing a rich dynamics between poetical creation and Classical evocation, autobiography and literary history, building bridges between what has been lived, read and dreamt».
D. Hdez. De La Fuente, La Razón
«A veritable homage to a culture from which all of us have been born, a Europe that began with the Greeks».
José Antonio Masoliver Ródenas, La Vanguardia
«This book, stuffed with a thousand years of Mediterranean adventures, gods, battles and love affairs, is a necessary delight».
«A complete, sensitive anthology, put together by one of the most brilliant writers of our time, precisely thanks to her fidelity and sympathy with the Classical spirit».
Antonio Colinas, El Norte de Castilla (La sombra del ciprés)
«A splendid anthology that brings together more than a millennium of Greek poetry, from the first hexameters of Aedus Jonius up to the far later Quintus Smyrnaeus».
Ignacio F. Garmendia, Diario de Jerez