Robert Graves

reading “To Juan after the Summer Solstice”

Below the cemetery by the guns

Robert Graves was a crucial figure in the development of Deia as a cultural metropolis. His long sojourn in the village encouraged many others to visit. It was his absolute commitment to Deia and his encouragement of younger artists that made Deia such a welcoming home for so many.

This poem is either to his son, Juan, or possibly to Don Juan. It is typical Graves: complex, elliptical and referential. Filled with classical ideas and allusions.

Listen to recording online

Each recording is set on a loop to play every 5 minutes. Simply sit back, clear your mind, and wait for the recording to start. You do not need to do anything, it will simply start in a few minutes.