Other literary forms

(World Poets and Poetry)

Although the poems published in the three main collections of Gabriela Mistral (mee-STROL) are the principal source for her recognition, she was active until her death as a contributor of prose to newspapers and journals throughout Latin America. She also wrote for newspapers whenever she was abroad, and her translated articles appeared frequently in the local press. The quality of this extensive and continuous journalistic effort is not consistent, though Mistral’s prose style has been recognized for its personal accent and spontaneity. Her articles were extremely varied in theme. Much of what she wrote supported principles espoused in her poetry. Though less introspective, the prose, like the poetry, relates closely to the author’s life and derives from episodes that left a profound mark on her. It is combative, direct, and abrupt while revealing her sincerity and ceaseless search for truth and justice.