Symbols of Color Code in the Poetry of Federico Lorca (1898-1936)

Zaher Badr Al Ghusaini

Abstract


The current study addresses color symbolism in the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, a 20th century poet. He lived in the period between 1898 and 1936 in which Spain, and particularly Granada, had a significant impact on his poetry. It lived in his verses and added a unique charisma to his poetry, emerging from its ongoing transformation from tangible visualization to artistic glances. The mention of color appeared in every poem, with some colors being more dominant than others. It added an artistic value with a pure psychological perspective, almost like a painting portraying Granada. This led critic and Spanish civilization researcher Luis Parrot to call him “a poet enchanted by colors” in his study of Lorca’s poetry, as he found him totally possessed by colors (Telisy, 1992). This addresses color symbolism that is prominent in Lorca’s poetry. Has this symbolism reflected Lorca’s character that it appeared in an unorthodox manner? Or was this symbolism traditional in its form and meaning? The study concluded that Lorca did not describe color by color, color by name, or name by color. Rather, his poetry took many forms and tastes, giving it a certain uniqueness and individuality to Lorca. Analysing Lorca’s poetry reveals its richness in color expressions. It also shows how Lorca’s awareness of color exemplified his suffering explicitly and implicitly, to maintain a certain level in his poetry on one hand, and to avoid being overt on the other

 


Keywords


Lorca, color symbolism: Green, White, Yellow, Blue, Red, and Black.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jass.vol3iss1pp121-133

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