Dámaso Alonso Gustavo PéRez Firmat - Essay

Gustavo PéRez Firmat

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

GUSTAVO PÉREZ FIRMAT

The Cosmos coheres all right
Even if my notes do not cohere.
Ezra Pound

The epigraph that introduces this paper singles out two terms and establishes their relationship. The terms: cosmos and notes; the relationship: dissimilarity. Pound's notes, unlike the cosmos, do not cohere. I would like to borrow this formula and apply it to the study of the poetry of Dámaso Alonso, but with the following twist: the relationship will remain intact, but the terms will exchange attributes. In Alonso's view of things, it is the cosmos that suffers from incoherence; the...

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