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Cesar Vallejo : The Dialectics of Poetry and Silence - Jean Franco

Cesar Vallejo

The Dialectics of Poetry and Silence

Paperback Published: 26th January 2012
ISBN: 9780521157810
Number Of Pages: 312

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This is the first full-length study in English of the poetry of the Peruvian Cesar Vallejo (1892-1938). A major poet, who approached the problem of revolutionary aesthetics in a manner radically different from that of his contemporaries, Vallejo was comparatively little known outside the Spanish-speaking world. This neglect is attributable to the difficulty of a poetry which deliberately resists interpretation and assimilation into the established order of things. Professor Franco's book is therefore an exploration of the problems of poetic production. In the opening biographical chapter, she shows the kind of social constraints which limited what the poet could say, which led him in Trilce (1922) to write a hermetic poetry using euphemism, pun and indirection. She goes on to explore Vallejo's later poetry, which was shaped by the Spanish Civil War and gestures towards the tentative nature of humanity and civilisation that gives the poetry its abiding relevance.

Poetry as a mode of existence
The alienated romantic: Los heraldos negros
The body as text: nature and culture in Vallejo's poetics
The end of the sovereign illusion: Trilce
The discourse of the given: Trilce
Art and revolution
The dialectics of man and nature
The destruction of Prometheus: Poemas humanos
The mirror of the world: España, aparta de mí este cáliz
The invention of Vallejo
Guide to texts and criticism
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ISBN: 9780521157810
ISBN-10: 0521157811
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 26th January 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4