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This option of the verse of Valencian poet Vicent Andres Estelles (1924-1993) is observed through a translation into English from the unique Catalan. The layout of an cutting edge discussion with classical authors — a cornerstone of Estellesian expression — constitutes an creative invocation and parodic observation at the output and ethos of the Latin poets Horace, Ovid, Virgil and Catullus, the medieval patriarch of Valencian letters Ausiàs March and the Renaissance Castilian poet, Garcilaso de los angeles Vega. For Estellés, Octavian Rome offers a parallel to the Franco dictatorship and the old framework surrounding those writers provides the neophyte a chance for ideological denunciation, artistic wit and lyrical grace in addition to righteous anger on the oppressive pettiness of existence below autocracy. The translators have tried to carry to an Anglophone readership the wealth of feat of this author who, regardless of the severity of fascist repression, sang and celebrated the adventure of his personal neighborhood via its personal oppressed language.

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And, far away, through the streets of my village, i could hear the voice of my father, selling fish and calling out to the neighbours. it was very pleasant staying there. a lazy sadness would come over me. sometimes you’d come by and i’d grab hold of your breasts, which i liked best, we’d climb on top of each other and roll over in the furrow. i’d forget about everything then and night would fall. i could no longer hear my father’s voice. some dog or other would bark in a farmhouse. 45 46 After the Classics xvii bon dia, grapat d’aigua, escarpidor, gillette, sabó, dentífric.

Both concepts are, of course, fundamental not only to the horrors of Nazism and Fascism but also to the the creation of a united Spain in 1492, with the expulsion 27 28 After the Classics of the Jews accompanying the recovery of geopolitical integrity under the Catholic Monarchs and the imperial adventure fired by Columbus’s voyage of discovery under the crown of Castile. 19 Recent interest in Holocaust literature and the related area of trauma studies have focussed on the strategies of defence adopted creatively for coping with the noxious mental effect of such totalitarian repression.

Not only does it unite engagingly the repressive values of Augustan Rome and Franco’s Spain but the juxtaposition also alleges the immanence of such reactionary instincts. In such a configuration, the need to be continuously vigilant and committed – in the manner exemplified by the intellectual and popular resistance in Valencia – is essential if we are to harbour any hopes of a more progressive, tolerant society. Similarly, the expression not only impresses with its range in register and tone but carries with it a double-edged sociological charge, denouncing the fascistic denial of linguistic rights in Valencia whilst simultaneously exposing, in terms of literary praxis, the ideological shortcomings of the lyrical convention.

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