Overview (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
Leading Latin American poet Ernesto Cardenal is also an ordained Roman Catholic priest and an avowed Christian-Marxist. After his ordination in 1965, he moved to the island of Mancarrón on Lake Nicaragua, where he founded a Christian-Marxist commune called Our Lady of Solentiname. There he began preaching his revolutionary form of Pauline Christianity, which aims to cultivate a distinctly Christian sociopolitical awareness. In this way, Our Lady of Solentiname is linked to the larger Latin American Christian movement, concietización, to which Cardenal contributes his advocacy of Christian liberation theology and social justice. Both ideas pervade Apocalypse, and Other Poems, a selection of English translations from Cardenal’s major short poems from the late 1940’s to 1973.
The poetry in Apocalypse, and Other Poems enacts many of Cardenal’s major Christian themes, including resurrection, renunciation, love, and justice. Certainly his interpretations of such themes are informed by his Marxist politics, but one must remember that the practice of Marxism and the practice of Christianity are equivalent for Cardenal. Thus, his remonstrations against political corruption and murder, for example, are exegetic articulations of the sins of humankind, and the poems ultimately transmit to the reader a sense of Cardenal’s belief in God’s love as transformational and transcendent. In other words, just as Jesus is able to heal...
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