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Federico Garcia Lorca: Poet, Playwright, Dramatist

“I will always be on the side of those who have nothing and who are not even allowed to enjoy the nothing they have in peace.”

Federico García Lorca

Lorca is one of my favorite poets. A master of the pen in Spanish folklore, of feelings, an avant-gardiste, he remains a bit of an enigma. Andalusian by birth, he became quite a world traveler, ever carrying the love of his land and people wherever he lived. Both his poetry and drawings reflect the influence of traditional Andalusian motifs, Cubist syntax, as well as a preoccupation with sexual identity.

Being bold on the one hand, he was never very comfortable with his sexuality. It has to be understood that, back then, homosexuality was not only a sin, it was also a crime. He tried to hide his true self until he died. Lorca was not only an accomplished poet but also a pretty good musician and quite the drawing artist. Many times his drawings would accompany his poetry. Some were quite odd, especially considering the epoch in which they were drawn. A few of his drawings consist of superimposed dreamlike faces (which could also have been shadows) He later explained that the double faces were cast as self-portraits, showing "man's