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Lorca, Alberti, and the Theater of Popular Poetry

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Sandra Robertson

Although Lorca and, to a lesser extent, Alberti, are commonly described as popular poets, little has been done to demonstrate their fundamental attraction to, and repeated experiments with, the poetry of Spain's oral tradition. In this study of Lorca and Alberti's early dramatic works, lectures, and presentations, we see that lo popular was an essential feature in their very conception of art, as well as in their view of themselves as Spain's leading literary ambassadors, during the years 1923 to 1935.
Contents: A study of Lorca and Alberti's concept of «lo popular» and their experiments with the use of this authentically Spanish tradition in works written for the theater between 1923 and 1935.