During a century of impressive swap, poets turned the chroniclers of deep polarizations. From Rubén Darío's quest to resume the Spanish language to César Vallejo's linking of faith and politics, from Jorge Luis Borges's cosmopolitanism to Pablo Neruda's placement of poetry as uncompromising speaker for the downtrodden, and from Alejandra Pizarnik's agonies of the self to Humberto Ak'abal's exam of all issues indigenous, it truly is via verse that the hemisphere's cantankerous collective soul in an age of overhaul could top be understood.
A exceptional, relocating, and thought-provoking summation of those forking paths, The FSG booklet of Twentieth-Century Latin American Poetry invites us to examine an illustrious literary culture with clean eyes. Ilan Stavans, one of many most appropriate students of Hispanic tradition and a extraordinary translator, is going past effortless geographical and linguistic categorizations. This bilingual anthology positive factors eighty-four authors from 16 diversified international locations writing in Spanish, Portuguese, Mapuche, Nahuatl, Quechua, Mazatec, Zapotec, Ladino, and Spanglish. The poems are rendered into English in encouraged style through excellent translators comparable to Elizabeth Bishop, Galway Kinnell, W. S. Merwin, Alastair Reid, Mark Strand, and Richard Wilbur.
In those pages the reader will event the facility of poetry to account for 100 years within the lifetime of a stressed continent.
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