César Vallejo Poetry: World Poets Analysis
One of the unique qualities of César Vallejo’s poetry—one that makes his work almost impossible to confuse with that of any other poet writing in the Spanish language—is his ability to speak with the voice and sensibility of a child, whether as an individual orphaned by the breakup of a family or as a symbol of deprived and alienated human beings everywhere. Always, however, this child’s voice, full of expectation and hope, is implicitly counterposed by the adult’s ironic awareness of change and despair. Inseparable from these elements is the poet’s forging of a language capable of reflecting the register and the peculiarly elliptical reasoning of a child and, at the same time, revealing the Hermetic complexity of the adult intellectual’s quest for security in the form of truth. The poetry that is Vallejo’s own answer to these problems is some of the most poignant and original ever produced.
The Black Heralds
The lines of Vallejo’s subsequent development are already evident in his first volume, The Black Heralds, a collection of sixty-nine poems grouped under various subtitles. As critics have observed, many of these poems reflect his involvement with Romantic and Modernista poetry. They are conspicuous in many cases for their descriptions of idyllic scenes in a manner that juxtaposes words of the Peruvian Sierra and the vocabulary of Symbolism, including religious and erotic elements. Vallejo did...
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