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José María Micó

Understanding Góngora

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Acantilado

September 2015

384 pages

Aphorisms, Essay, Poesís

Original Title: Para entender a Góngora

José María Micó, who has devoted a good part of his life to studying Góngora, brings together in this volume his key writings on the poet from Cordoba, combining philological and historical rigour with the finely wrought style of the literary essay. In this endeavour to understand Góngora, he reconstructs the context in which his texts were written and circulated, offering keys to his poetry against the background of his times together with in-depth analysis of some of his best poems (with particular attention to the so-called “great poems”, namely “Polyphemus” and “The Solitudes”). This meticulous study enables Micó to demonstrate that Góngora’s poetry, one of the high points of literary creation in any language, is intelligible and that there are very few paths as pleasurable as that leading to full understanding of his work.

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«An essential essay for anyone wishing to learn more about one of the greatest works of poetry in any language».
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«This approach to his work becomes much more patent and potent, making its accessibility much more possible».
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