Death of Narcissus

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788499538440

The poetic career of José Lezama Lima begins very early, when he is barely twenty-seven years old. In 1937 he published an extensive poem, which he had composed years before, and which is entitled Death of Narcissus.
It is a composition of youth. However, in it already appear the features that will define his later work and the confrontation between the world of life and the interior visions of the poet.
Death of Narcissus, in its particular universe, expresses and contains its aesthetic proposal. In it the author dialogues with the literary heritage that inspires him in the search for new horizons of expression. Lezama manifests through the image of Narciso the construction of a poetic lineage and an authentic and proper expression.
Death of Narcissus is a melancholy song of lost harmony. Exaltation of the dawn and the original vision of the world from the poetic figure of myth.
This poem makes equivalences between the aesthetic conception of Góngora and that of Valéry, centered on poetic language. It also claims the figure of Garcilaso de la Vega. He takes this poet as an emblem of the attitude of the writer. It takes up, in turn, the denial of the narcissistic attitude, just as the classical sources of myth do.
Narcissus, the young man in love with his image, the poet, goes through the mirror to build his own ascent, his own conception of literature.

Linkgua Ediciones also published this poem in an audiobook. We recommend listening to Lezama’s voice and his inflections in this version read by him.

Death of Narcissus

Danae weaves golden time by the Nile,
wrapping passing lips
between lips and unconnected flights.
The hand or the lip or the bird was snowing.
It was the circle in snow that opened.
Hand was bloodless silk that erased
The perfection that dies on its knees
and in his zeal he hides and amuses.

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