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Analysis


Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Lorca celebrated many aspects of his country in his work, and not the least of these is Spain's long-standing literary tradition. "Romance Sonambulo," then, uses a very, very old form of poem calle...

Speaker

Really, we can sum up our speaker in one word: frustrated. He wants something he just can't have. (Again, it's important to note that the poem only ever identifies our speaker as an "I," so we're j...

Setting

This poem takes place in a variety of settings: on the sea, on a mountain, on the moon, under a balcony, and on an interstellar climbing expedition. If that sounds confusing, that's because, well,...

Sound Check

We like the translation we've used by William Logan. Really, we do. But, frankly, like a lot of translations, it pales in comparison to the original, especially in terms of the poem's sound. Sorry,...

What's Up With the Title?

The title? It's "Romance Sonambulo." 'Nuf said, right? Ah, we can see by the looks on your faces, Shmoopers, that perhaps that's not enough at all.Never fear. Shmoop's got your back. First of all,...

Calling Card

"Romance Sonambulo" is a quintessentially Lorca poem. It has all of the things his writing was known for. Let's break out the old checklist:Andalusian setting? Check. Andalusia is the area of south...

Tough-o-Meter

While the language (of this translation) is pretty straightforward, "Romance Sonambulo" can be almost deceptively simple. One minute it looks like smooth sailing, and the next you find yourself hik...

Trivia

Some critics have argued that "Romance Sonambulo" tells the story of a mortally wounded smuggler, who is seeking refuge as his girlfriend's house. What up with that? (Source.) Lorca many times call...

Steaminess Rating

For a poem that's all about frustrated desire, there's very little sexiness going on here. Of course, that's where the frustration part comes in. Still, the speaker's motivations are not overtly ph...

Allusions

Gates of Cabra (30)Guardias Civiles (81)
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