This paper contains my final thoughts on World Literature as pertains to the Spanish Culture.


I Believe

I believe in the beauty of passion: a passion that gives meaning and worth to life. Hopefully for each and every person, a passion consumes him or her that makes life worthwhile. Perhaps, it's love of the game, of hitting that ball right out of the park, and making a homerun. For others, that passion could be the excitement of a new book, a new world, and rapidly flipping pages to quench the desire one feels to know what happens next. Or, what brings someone's life alive can be the never-ending joy of experiencing a foreign land, foreign language, and a foreign culture. "To each his own"— I quote my mother. Whatever one's passion is, I believe one should never let it go. This is what gives meaning and worth to one's life. This passion, I believe, allows you to experience some of the greatest happiness one will ever know.
The Spanish have great passion. All one needs to do is take a minute peak at their lives to glimpse the passion that is so intertwined with their culture. Through their flamenco dancing, music, and poems the Spanish have accomplished an incredible feat: putting passion into just about everything they do.
The Spanish flamenco dancers, or el bailarín de flamenco in Spanish, exude passion with every flick of their wrists, every motion of their head, and every stomp of their feet. The flamenco is a perfect example of the Spanish passion. When watching these talented dancers, the flamenco seems tame and slow at first, but if one watches carefully, one can see the hidden passion. Then all the sudden, the music becomes quicker in tempo and louder in sound. The dancer begins to stomp her feet, throw her arms up, twist and turn; she let's all that unbridles passion loose. The result is a beautiful dance that leaves the viewer exhausted from the shear intensity of the emotion.
Spanish music is much the same as flamenco dancing in that is shows more of the Spanish passion. A few years ago, my friend Juan, who is very familiar with the Spanish culture, gave me some songs. The majority of these Spanish songs are upbeat, alive, and passionate; and the rest are slower and much sadder, but passionate nonetheless. Spanish songs played on the guitar, or guitara, bleed passion as well. Whether the song is sad and slow or rhythmic and lively, there is passion. Music reveals the many different emotions of a culture. Therefore, the music the Spanish create showcase their passion for life.
The Spanish poems and stories are just another example of the passion they put into everything they do. In Romance Sonambulo, Federico García Lorca writes about the pain of the Spanish Civil War during the beginning of the twentieth century. Even though this is an incredibly sad piece of literary work, the despairing passion is evident. One line is “Your white shirt has grown thirsty dark brown roses.” With each line the passion Lorca put into this poem becomes clearer and clearer. Another poem by Lorca is La Guitara. Again, this is a depressing piece as well. This is indicated by the line “O guitar!/A wounded heart,/Wounded by five swords.” This poem drips with passion at every word.
Passion gives meaning and worth to life. It is what keeps us from going insane. It is what keeps us happy. It is what keeps us alive. This passion doesn't have to be joyous all the time. Passion can be depressing too. Passion is the intensity of emotion that one feels for something or someone. The Spanish are experts on living and expressing passion. Through their flamenco dancing, music, and poems, the Spanish bleed and breath it. I believe in the beauty of passion; I believe in the beauty of Spanish passion; and I believe in World passion.