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Poetic itinerary: Joan Vinyoli

Espai Vinyoli
Espai Vinyoli
Espai Vinyoli
Espai Vinyoli

The poetic itinerary of Joan Vinyoli allows us to discover de “magic domain” of poetry of this fascinating poet, one of the most communicative poets of the catalan poetry of all times.

The itinerary takes place at the Sant Salvador park, a space of exquisite beauty that captivated the poet when he was a child and later on during his adolescence, since he spent his summers from the year 1922 to 1935 in the town of Santa Coloma. In the park you will find different natural elements that captivated the poet: streams, fountains, holm oaks, cork oaks, waterfalls, trails, the rocà, forests… The itinerary is made of a selection of 16 poems that should be read in different parts of the park in a loop trail that’s only 1.500 meters. 

The selection of poems is representative of the thematic and stylistic richness of Vinyoli’s work, as well as evidence of the impression that the summers spent in Santa Coloma de Farners made on the first imaginary of the poet and later on the nostalgia of his verses. 

All of these poems have been translated to English and some of them have also been translated to other languages. You can find all of them on the webpage: http://joanvinyoli.cat/portal/itinerari-poetic/itinerari-poetic-2 

The selection of poems is the following one:

  1. After crossing the main bridge of the park, on the right side: D’una terra (VI) (From land(VI)) from the book De vida i somni, 1948. 
  2. In the Monument of Sant Salvador by the artist Gloria Morera: El poeta adolescent (The adolescent poet) from the book Les hores retrobades, 1951.
  3. In the promenade that goes parallel to the Santa Coloma Stream: Pel camí dels mesos de l’any (On the way of the months of the year) fragment of the book Els mesos de l’any, 1956. 
  4. In la Resclosa, a small water lock: La nit i el dia (Night and day) from the book Cercles, 1979.
  5. In the promenade that goes parallel to the Santa Coloma Stream, next to the big area with grass: D’una terra (II) (From a land (II)) from the book De vida i somni, 1948.
  6. On the bridge you will find before arriving to the Font Picant: Cap a les deus (Toward the sources) from the book Les hores retrobades, 1951. 
  7. At the Font Picant, literally the piquant fountain: Elegia de Vallvidrera (IV) (Elegy of Vallvidrea (IV)) from the book Passeig d’aniversari, 1984.
  8. In the stairs that go up to the road of Farners: L’arbre incandescent (The incandescent tree) from the book El griu, 1978. 
  9. In the road of Farners: Platja dura (Hard beach) from the book Ara que és tard, 1975.
  10. In the same road: Tarda fosca (Dark evening) from the book Ara que és tard, 1975.
  11. A bit further down the same road: Pròsper (Prosperous) from the book A hores petites, 1979.
  12. In the area with swings: Passeig d’aniversari  (Anniversary promenade) from the book Domini màgic, 1984.
  13. In the fountain of Sant Salvador: Tot calla, tot es resisteix (Everything is quiet, everything resists)  from the book Cants d’Abelone, 1983.
  14. At the esplanade in front of the fountain of Sant Salvador: Branques  (Branches) from the book Ara que és tard, 1975.
  15. In the same esplanade: El primer estel (The first star) from the book Domini màgic, 1984.
  16. The itinerary ends near the Santa Coloma stream in front of the fountain of Sant Salvador, where there used to be a small bridge: Temps (Time) from the book Vent d’aram, 1976.

For more information you can check the webpage: http://joanvinyoli.cat/

Trail details: 

Distance: 1,82 km

Elevation gain uphill: 36 meters 

Difficulty:  Easy

Type:  Loop trail

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