By Luis de Góngora
An epic masterpiece of global literature, in an impressive new translation through some of the most acclaimed translators of our time.
A towering determine of the Renaissance, Luis de Góngora pioneered poetic varieties so considerably assorted from the dominant aesthetic of his time that he used to be derided as "the Prince of Darkness." The Solitudes, his magnum opus, is an intoxicatingly lush novel-in-verse that follows the wanderings of a shipwrecked guy who has been spurned through his lover. Wrenched from civilization and its attendant insanity, the desolate hero is transported right into a wildlife that's instantaneously menacing and elegant. during this beautiful variation Edith Grossman captures the breathtaking great thing about a piece that represents one of many excessive issues of poetic fulfillment in any language.
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We have mentioned them only to avoid a misunderstanding : in citing examples representing different types of culture, we have no intention of returning to a "confusionistic" com paratism in the manner of Frazer. The historical context of each example we give is implied. But we think it unnecessary, in the case of every tribe cited, to define its social and eco nomic structure and state with what tribes it can or cannot be compared. " But what is significant for our study is the fact that, despite the differences in their socioeconomic structure and the variety of their cultural contexts, the archaic peoples believe that the \\7orld must be annually renewed and that this renewal is brought about by following a model-the cosmogony, or an origin myth that plays the role of a cosmogenic myth.
The result is that the creation-myth shares the same nature as the myth of beginnings . . Our analysis has allowed us to tear the creation-myth from its splendid isolation. "26 For the reasons just rehearsed we find it dif ficult to share this point of view. A new state of things always implies a preceding state, and the latter, in the last analysis, is the \\' orld. It is from this initial "totality" that the later modifications develop. The cosmic milieu in which one lives, limited as it may be, constitutes the "'Vorld" ; its "origin" and 2 6 R.
L . Kroebcr, Ha ndbook of t h e Indians of Califo rnia ( Washington, 1 925 ) , pp. 1 7 7, 498. , cultivation o f tubers ) we are struck by the differences. \Ve first note two new elements : the collective return of the dead and orgiastic ex cesses. But the outstanding difference is in religious atmosphere. Instead of the Karok priest's solitary pilgrimage, meditations, and prayers, we find a collective festival of the highest in tensity. We need only think of the milamala festival of the Trobrianders, described by Malinowski.