Rafael Alberti (Cadiz, 1902 – 1999) was one of the great Spanish scholars, representative of the Generation of 27.
This writer from Cadiz was a member of the Spanish Communist Party and had to go into exile after the revolt that brought dictator Francisco Franco to power. Years ago, in 1920, Rafael Alberti began to write verses after the death of his father. From there, Alberti will emerge as one of the most prolific Spanish authors of the twentieth century.
Famous quotes and phrases from Rafael Alberti
Shortly after this disastrous episode, Alberti returned to Madrid and met there writers such as Federico García Lorca, Pedro Salinas, Víctor Alexandre and Gerardo Diego, names that would later be considered as landmarks of the glorious era of letters.
In today’s article let’s get to know a little more this famous character of literature, Through his most famous phrases and thoughts.
1. I don’t want to die on the floor – it freaks me out terribly. For me, who likes to fly a plane and watch the clouds go by, I would like one day the plane I was traveling in to get lost and not come back. And may the angels make me an epitaph. Or the wind …
In this sentence, Rafael Alberti tells us poetically how he would prefer to spend his last moments.
2. Words open the gates of the sea
A metaphor of great poetic value.
3. I left with a closed fist … I come back with an open hand
This famous phrase from Alberti has been interpreted in different ways, for example in reference to his stage of exile.
4. Freedom is not for those who are not thirsty
To find freedom, you have to fight and resist.
5. You won’t go, my love, and if you always did my love, you would never leave
An excerpt from one of his most acclaimed poems: “You will not leave (or Come, my love, in the afternoon …)”.
6. Full of sweetness and carmine,
dream lamp, strike and theft,
he flew to the highest points of view.
Cherub gaze of the cherubim,
thrilling airs from the orchard.
Alberti’s thought among the flowers!
An excerpt from the poem he dedicated to his wife, Rosa d’Alberti.
7. I will never be stone, I will cry when necessary, I will cry when necessary, I will laugh when necessary, I will sing when necessary
A declaration of intent full of vitality and optimism.
8. It is necessary to be blind, to have like scratches in the eyes of the scratches of glass, quicklime, boiling sand, not to see the light which leaps in our acts, which illuminates inside our tongue, our daily talk
An ode to language in this memorable sentence by Rafael Alberti.
9. I saw you floating on top of you, flower of agony, floating on your own mind. (Someone had sworn that the sea would save you from sleep.) It was then that I found out that the walls are broken and that there are doors to the sea that open with words and that there are doors to the sea opening. They open with words
Another excerpt from “Angel of Cellars”, one of his most amazing verses in which he tells us about wine.
10. And the sea went, and gave a name and a surname to the wind, and the clouds a body, and a soul to fire. Earth, nothing
The elements and the landscape were very elaborate concepts in Alberti’s work.
11. Life is like a lemon, you are thrown into the sea in a hurry and dry
A sentence with free interpretation.
12. Through the centuries, for nothing in the world, me, without sleep, I seek you
About lost loves and the desire to return to happier times.