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Rafael Alberti’s «To the president of Chile, Salvador Allende»


Nueva imagen3 Rafael Alberti (Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, 1902-Madrid, 1999) was one between the greatest Spanish poets. He was a member of the great Generación del 27 (27’s Generation), with García Lorca, Gerardo Diego, etc. His poetry has five stages: new popularism, gongorism (relative to great clasic poet Luis de Góngora), political poetry and poetry from the exile. Member of the Spanish Comunist Party, Alberti was one of the poet more actives in the social report. During Spanish Civil War, was very active in the Republican side inside the movement Anti-Fascist Intellectuals Alliance, till Franco’s victory, when he is forced to exile. Rafael begun to write poems vindicating humanism and against Francoist regime, becoming in a symbol to an all inconformist generation. He get back to Spain in 1977, two years after Franco’s dead, thanks to an amnisty. (Photo: February, 1936; Alberti reading to the V Regiment).

In this poetry, Alberti compares Pinochet with Franco.

Al presidente de Chile, Salvador Allende

No los creais
cubría su rostro
la misma máscara
la lealtad en la boca
pero en la mano una bala…
Al fin los mismos en Chile
los mismos en Chile que en España

Todo acabó mas la muerte
la muerte no acaba nada
mirad: han matado a un hombre
ciega la mano que mata
cayó ayer, pero su sangre
hoy ya mismo se levanta
hoy ya mismi se levanta…

No los creais
cubría su rostro
a misma máscara
la lealtad en la boca
pero en la mano una bala…
Al fin los mismos en Chile
los mismos en Chile que en España

To the president of Chile, Salvador Allende

Don’t you believe them/  a mask covered their face/  the same mask/  loyalty on the mouth/  but a bullet in the hand…// At the end the same in Chile/ the same in Chile than in Spain./ All was over but death/ death doesn’t finish nothing/ look: they killed a man/ the killing hand blind/ fell yesterday, but his blood/ already today is rising.

Rafael Alberti

Nueva imagen Víctor Manuel (Víctor Manuel San José) is a famous Asturian songwriter since the swinginng 60’s. Member of the Spanish Comunist Party, made a lot of critical songs against Franco’s regime. Víctor Manuel’s style is a kind of pop music, sometimes mixed with Asturian traditional tunes. Víctor Manuel sings his own words, or poems by others, as Blas de Otero or this by Alberti. (Photo: Víctor Manuel, second by the right, with -from left to right- Galician songwriters Bibiano and Benedicto, Rosa León -playing guitar- and singer Ana Belén, his wife)

La fiesta de los Podlings


Ésta es una escena de la bonita e imaginativa película (basada en un libro, creo haber entendido) Cristal Oscuro (Dark Crystal), dirigida e ideada por el gran Jim Henson (el creador de los Teleñecos o Muppets, de Fraggle Rock y tantas otras creaciones). Es una escena que a mí me gusta mucho, y siempre la recordaba desde que vi la peli por primera vez cuando era pequeño, y pienso que en buena medida marcó mi gusto por la música folk y tradicional. Para entenderlo no tenéis más que ver la fiesta que se marcan aquí los simpáticos Podlings:


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