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Readers also enjoyed. He spent his childhood as a goatherd and farmhand, and was, for the most part, self-taught, although he did receive basic education from state schools and the Jesuits. Like many Spanish poets of his era, he was deeply influenced by European vanguard movements, notably by Surrealism.

His wife inspired him to write most of his romantic work. Their first son, Manuel Ramon, was born on 19 December but died in infancy on 19 October Months later came their second son, Manuel Miguel b. Unlike others, he could not escape Spain after the Republican surrender and was arrested multiple times after the war for his anti-fascist sympathies, and was eventually sentenced to death.

His death sentence, however, was commuted to a prison term of 30 years, leading to incarceration in multiple jails under extraordinarily harsh conditions until he eventually succumbed to tuberculosis in Some of his verses were kept by his jailers. These poems are now known as his Cancionero y romancero de ausencia Songs and Ballads of Absence. In these works, the poet writes not only of the tragedy of the Spanish Civil War and his own incarceration, but also of the death of an infant son and the struggle of his wife and another son to survive in poverty.

The intensity and simplicity of the poems, combined with the extraordinary situation of the poet, give them remarkable power. In the poem, the poet envisions his son breastfeeding on his mother's onion blood sangre de cebolla , and uses the child's laughter as a counterpoint to the mother's desperation. In this as in other poems, the poet turns his wife's body into a mythic symbol of desperation and hope, of regenerative power desperately needed in a broken Spain.

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Rogers Miami University The poems contained in Miguel Hernandez's Cancionero y romancero de ausencias ,1 written during the last years of his life, are filled with pathos and stand as a lasting testimony to the desolation and sense ofspiritual and physical loss expressed by a poetic voice caught in the throes of grief, hope, and despair. The title of the volume itselfestablishes the thematic focus of the poems. The negative aspects of the theme of absence pervade the volume and arise from the poet's plaintive statements concerning his incarceration , the separation from his wife and child, the untimely death of his first son, and the destruction of human relationships brought on by the Spanish Civil War in all its brutality, desolation, and dehumanization. One of the compelling undercurrents of the volume is its expression of the desire, indeed the urgency, for union, the achieving of the "coincidentia oppositorum,"2 and the establishing of a harmony between the opposite and competing internal and external forces as the lyrical voice seeks a oneness within the self and between the self and the exterior world. The idea of trying to reunite the opposites is communicated to the reader not only through the thematic content of the poems but also through the use of poetic language and imagery that is at once free from unnecessary rhetoric and anecdote. This is especially evident in many of the short, epigrammatic poems of the Cancionero because the reader is drawn into those poems by way of his very reactions — cognitive and experiential — that substantiate and enhance the theme as well, as the tone of each poem.

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