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José Martí

A poet as well as a man of action, Martí was a writer and revolutionary who dedicated his life to the cause of Cuban independence. At the age of 16, he was arrested for treason and eventually deported. He returned from exile in 1878, only to be exiled again the next year. Having made his way to the US, he founded the Cuban Revolutionary party, but he was killed in battle before seeing the fruits of his labors—Cuban independence. Martí's "Versos Sencillos" serve as the lyrics of what famous song? More...
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Daemon wrote:
José Martí
A poet as well as a man of action, Martí was a writer and revolutionary who dedicated his life to the cause of Cuban independence. At the age of 16, he was arrested for treason and eventually deported. He returned from exile in 1878, only to be exiled again the next year. Having made his way to the US, he founded the Cuban Revolutionary party, but he was killed in battle before seeing the fruits of his labors—Cuban independence. Martí's "Versos Sencillos" serve as the lyrics of what famous song? More...

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After his death, one of his poems from the book, "Versos Sencillos" (Simple Verses) was adapted to the song, "Guantanamera", which has become the definitive patriotic song of Cuba.

I'm not very familiar with the history of this part of the world, & I've never heard of José Martí before now. Very interesting man. Applause
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Here we have a man that attempted to save Cuba, but as the world turns, the sick radical greed orientated US Capitalistic pigs, installed and backed a vial dictator, which led to the eventual Castro Revolution. For what it is worth to you all out there, this is what will happen to the US of A. at the present rate; did you hear that the vial Koch brothers are planning to spend over 800 million dollars to effect the next election to favor their corrupt agenda... A revolution is coming and I believe very, very soon.
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VERSOS SENCILLOS (Simple Verses)

(Guantanamera)


Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crece la palma,
Y antes de morirme quiero
Echar mis versos del alma.


I am an honest man/From where the palm tree grows/And before I die, I want/To pour the verses from my soul.

These are the opening lines of the Cuban poet José Martí’s Versos sencillos (Simple Verses). They are also, usually, the opening lines of the song Guantanamera, composed or at least promoted in Cuba by Joseito Fernandez in the 1920s or thereabouts (the dates are somewhat hazy as is the authorship).

Everybody knows Guantanamera in some form, and there are many forms. The “classical” version has lyrics entirely pulled from Martí (except for the refrain, which does not appear in the poet’s work), but even this is fluid. You can hear the famous melody, with a range of lyrical variations, from concert halls to busking corners, from ballrooms to salsotecas, from Havana to Miami and – of course – on the football terraces, where the lyrics are most definitely not from Martí. The song has been performed/interpreted/adapted by too many people to mention, but a few names leap to mind: Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Tito Puente, Pete Seeger, Die Toten Hosen, Demis Roussos, Joe Dassin.

Versos sencillos

Cultivo una rosa blanca,
En julio como en enero,
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca.

Y para el cruel que me arranca
El corazón con que vivo,
Cardo ni ortiga’ cultivo:
Cultivo la rosa blanca.

I tend a white rose/In July as in January/For the honest friend/Who freely gives me his hand.

And for the cruel one who tears out/The heart that gives me life/I tend neither thistle nor nettle/I tend a white rose.


https://vulpeslibris.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/beginning-with-guantanamera-learning-about-jose-marti/
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