Daisy Zamora Essay - Critical Essays


Daisy Zamora writes about common, ordinary women, her lovers, and revolutionaries—both those whom she encountered in her active role in the Nicaraguan revolution and lesser-known revolutionaries. The focus of her poems is not the repressive elite but rather the proletariat masses. Zamora’s work discusses marginal groups in a manner that implores the reader to consciously or unconsciously participate in a form of identity construction of these diverse factions.

The structure, style, and method of Zamora’s poetry is an amalgamation of simplicity and eloquence. Using almost simplistic Nicaraguan Spanish, she creates easily understandable and condensed lines that straightforwardly present her eloquent and sensualistic understanding of the issue being presented. The poems seem to be written not just about everyday Nicaraguan citizens, but also for them. Her poems relate the day-to-day activities and experiences of her fellow Nicaraguans and are accessible to the average person. They project an imagery that reflects the passion, emotions, thoughts, and ideas of life and love. She excels in the treatment of women and their issues.

Although they are highly accessible, Zamora’s poems are not superficial. The syntactic and symmetrically uncomplicated text presents a gamut of social, gender, and political dilemmas in a manner that is unique to Zamora, a manner that gives the reader pause and permits, even demands, further consideration. Zamora’s works are widely read and often memorized and recited in many Spanish-speaking countries, including countries with high rates of poverty, disease, illiteracy, inadequate housing, and domestic violence—the very groups Zamora is seeking to reach with her work. Her works are welcomed in Latin American countries where the reading of poetry and the honoring of poets is much more a part of everyday life than in the more literate, developed world. Zamora’s poetry has also found an audience in academic circles and institutions in the United States and Europe, which attests to her poetry’s depth.

Zamora writes with a revolutionary zeal. The approachability of her poetry does not, in any manner, limit her impassioned defense of women’s causes. She does not hesitate to rail against the poor treatment of women in Nicaragua...

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