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Latin American Poetry: Origins and Presence Gordon Brotherston

Latin American Poetry: Origins and Presence

Gordon Brotherston

Published November 13th 1975
ISBN : 9780521099448
Paperback
240 pages
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This study considers the ways Spanish American and Brazilian poets differ from their European counterparts by considering Latin American as more than a perfunctory epithet. It sets the orthodox Latin tradition of the subcontinent against othersMoreThis study considers the ways Spanish American and Brazilian poets differ from their European counterparts by considering Latin American as more than a perfunctory epithet. It sets the orthodox Latin tradition of the subcontinent against others that have survived or grown up after the conquest then pays attention to those poets who, from Independence, have striven to express a specifically American moral and geographical identity. Dr Brotherson focuses on Modernismo, or the coming of age of poetry in Spanish America and Brazil, and the importance of the movements associated with it. He considers Cesar Vallejo and Pablo Neruda, probably the greatest of the selection, Octavio Paz, and modern poets who have reacted differently to the idea that Latin America might now be thought to have not just a geographical but a nascent political identity of its own. Poems are liberally quoted, and treated as entities in their own right.