A Longing for the Light Additional Summary

Vicente Aleixandre


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Aleixandre, Vicente. A Longing for the Light: Selected Poems of Vicente Aleixandre. Edited and translated by Lewis Hyde. 2d ed. Port Townsend, Wash.: Copper Canyon Press, 2007. Includes an informative introduction by Hyde as well as a descriptive bibliography that features Aleixandre’s own brief critical summaries of his individual books.

Cobb, Carl W. “Poets Uprooted and Rebellious: Lorca, Alberti, Aleixandre, Cernuda.” In Contemporary Spanish Poetry, 1898-1963, edited by Carl W. Cobb. Boston: Twayne, 1976. Discusses the significant characteristics of works by writers collectively known as the Generation of ’27. Includes an accessible explanation of the aesthetic and thematic significance of each of Aleixandre’s works.

Daydi-Tolson, Santiago, ed. Vicente Aleixandre: A Critical Appraisal. Ypsilanti, Mich.: Bilingual Press, 1981. Contains several chapters in English on Aleixandre as well as the poet’s Nobel Prize lecture and an English translation of an article on Aleixandre’s work by Carlos Bousoño.

Harris, Derek. “Prophet, Medium, Babbler: Voice and Identity in Vicente Aleixandre’s Surrealist Poetry.” In Companion to Spanish Surrealism, edited by Robert Havard. Rochester, N.Y.: Tamesis, 2004. Places Aleixandre’s poetry within the context of the evolution of the important Surrealist artistic movement in Spain.

Morris, C. B. A Generation of Spanish Poets, 1920-1936. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1969. Places Aleixandre with his contemporaries, showing generational affinities among the poets and examining them as links in the greater Spanish literary tradition.

Murphy, Daniel. Vicente Aleixandre’s Stream of Lyric Consciousness. Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 2001. Provides a detailed analysis of the Surrealist nature of Aleixandre’s poetry, focusing on Destruction or Love. Examines the role of Sigmund Freud in Aleixandre’s work, his poems’ narrative structure, and how his poetry was influenced by earlier writers.

Schwartz, Kessel. Vicente Aleixandre. New York: Twayne, 1970. A Freudian critic offers an accessible introduction to Aleixandre’s work.

Soufas, C. Christopher. The Subject in Question: Early Contemporary Spanish Literature and Modernism. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2007. Examines a number of works of drama, fiction, and poetry—including Aleixandre’s—from late nineteenth and early twentieth century Spain, focusing on their modernist characteristics.