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Spanish poet's civil-war grave to be opened: official

Authorities in southern Spain said Friday they are ready to open a mass grave A mass grave is a grave containing multiple, usually unidentified human corpses. There is no strict definition of the minimum number of bodies required to constitute a mass grave.  that could contain the remains of Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca Gar·cí·a Lor·ca   , Federico 1898-1936.

Spanish poet and playwright. Considered Spain's leading modern poet for works such as Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter (1935) and Poet in New York
, although his relatives oppose any exhumation.

Garcia Lorca was shot by supporters of General Francisco Franco during Spain's 1936-39 civil war and is believed to have been buried in the grave at Alfaca, near Granada.

"Our aim is to look for him," said the minister of justice for the Andalucia region, Begona Alvarez, as she signed agreements to undertake the work.

"We will reveal the number of bodies discovered... Obviously the rest is up to the families -- whether the remains are identified or not identified," she said.

She added that work would begin "immediately".

The grave thought to contain the remains of Garcia Lorca and three other people shot along with him is one of six believed to be in Alfaca. Four of them will be dug up first.

Garcia Lorca's relatives have urged the Andalucia government not to exhume ex·hume  
tr.v. ex·humed, ex·hum·ing, ex·humes
1. To remove from a grave; disinter.

2. To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.
 his remains, but asked to be allowed to identify the remains and dispose of them if they are found.

Lorca, Spain's most widely acclaimed ac·claim  
v. ac·claimed, ac·claim·ing, ac·claims
1. To praise enthusiastically and often publicly; applaud. See Synonyms at praise.

 20th century poet, was 38 when he was killed. His poems and plays, which deal with universal themes such as love, death, passion, cruelty Cruelty
See also Brutality.


mean, spiteful enchantress of Spiral Castle. [Children’s Lit.: The Castle of Llyr]

Allan, Barbara

spurned her dying sweetheart because of a fancied slight. [Br.
 and injustice, are widely studied at universities.
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