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THE Best 100 Spanish Love Poems
BILINGUAL SPANISH ENGLISH 

ANTHOLOGY AND NOTES BY: PEDRO LASTRA RIGAS  KAPPATOS 

TRANSLATED BY: R. Kappatos, ELENI PAIDOUSSI, René de Costa

ISBN: 1885778406   PAGES: 288     PRICE: $15.95

            Love is the inexhaustible subject of poets.  Universal poetry has a plethora of masterpieces inspired by the small winged god who is "invincible in battle".  Poetry written in Spanish has its own important part in these masterpieces, starting in the Middle Ages and continuing until today.  The poets and anthologists Pedro Lastra and Rigas Kappatos present in this volume their demanding selection of the best one hundred love poems written in the language of Garcilaso, Gongora and Quevedo.  In addition to these poets, they have included other significant poets of the Spanish Golden Age, modernism and contemporaries, who continue to create in the art of Erato and Polymnia.

The One Hundred Best Love Poems of the Spanish Language have been selected from the works of 77 poets from 15 countries.  Four of them are recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

The production of amorous poetry in Spanish is so extended, that one could easily put together an anthology of the best love poems written in each and every Spanish speaking country (some already exist and are well known, like the volume of amorous poetry in Colombia, entitled "Sentimentario", selected by Darío Jaramillo Agudelo, published in 1987). One can also imagine an anthology of thousands of love poems from all over the Spanish speaking world. Without great difficulty one could also compile such an anthology from the work of only a few poets of the Spanish Golden Age, or with only modernists poets from Latin America, whose love poems, especially sonnets, sound like perfect Apollonian compositions, thanks to their richness and musical harmony, their alliterations and rhymes. Love, nevertheless, has continued and will continue to inspire poets and a special anthology however limited would be partial without the inclusion of contemporary poets.

Bibliography of Rigas Kappatos