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Lorca denied ever writing about politics, yet “Gacela of the Dark Death” was written during an extremely turbulent time in Spanish history that lead to Lorca’s own death. Research the political climate of the Spanish Republic. Do you think the poem has any political themes? Why was Lorca executed? What...

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Lorca denied ever writing about politics, yet “Gacela of the Dark Death” was written during an extremely turbulent time in Spanish history that lead to Lorca’s own death. Research the political climate of the Spanish Republic. Do you think the poem has any political themes? Why was Lorca executed? What did various political figures think of his writings? Why was The Diván at Tamarit censored by Francisco Franco’s government?

How do you think Lorca’s homosexuality influenced his poetry? Read about why Lorca felt he needed to be secretive about his sexuality and consider how the public might have reacted to poems that dealt with his sexuality directly. How do readers and critics treat his homosexuality today? Do you notice any homosexual themes in “Gacela of the Dark Death”? Use lines from the poem to support your answer.

Lorca was an influential visual artist as well as a poet and playwright. Study some of his artwork, including “Sexual Water” and “Image of Death,” which were both drawn in 1934. Are there common themes between his drawings and “Gacela of the Dark Death”? How does an exploration of Lorca’s artwork enhance your understanding of the poem?

Read The Diván at Tamarit in its entirety. How does “Gacela of the Dark Death” weave into the greater argument of the book and what are the main themes of the collection as a whole? Or, compare the poem to some of Lorca’s other late poetry, such as Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías). What are the common themes in these poems and how do they differ from one another?

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