On this anniversary of his death, the Gazpachomonk investigates the Legacy of Lorca, offering this small insight, a free Poster to download, an Ode to the Poet, and links to the comprehensive Lorca Podcast by Pilar Orti.
When Freddy Lorca wrote that "In Spain the dead were more alive than in any other country" - was he perhaps foreseeing his own legacy - a magical legacy of mystery, mysticism and controversy?
Having studied Lorca at University 25 years ago I had always wondered how he could be embraced as a national hero by both those that had applauded him, and those that had assassinated him.
Indisputably Lorca was a supporter of the 2nd Republic. And indisputably he was killed by the fascists at the outbreak of the civil war. But other than that, what did we really know?
Was Lorca the darling of the arty left - or - was Ex-Prime Minister and Evil Goblin Aznar correct when he said of Lorca: "Poetry has no ideology, it is but spirit and beauty."
To claim Lorca as theirs, the Political Right must sanitise him, cleanse him and deny his sexuality turning him into a romantic Iberian, a "true" Spaniard. Whilst the Political Left embraces his internationality, his agenda for a better world - but overlook his close friendship with certain members of the 'falange'.
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