Yoruba from Cuba: Selected Poems Of Nicolás Guillén

byNicolás GuillénPreface bySalvador Ortiz-Carboneres Foreword byAlistair Hennessy

September 1, 2005|
Yoruba from Cuba: Selected Poems Of Nicolás Guillén by Nicolás Guillén
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This dual-language book features selections from Nicolas Guillen, one of Cuba''s most outstanding poets. The range of his work, from "Poemas de Transicion through "La Rueda Dentata and "El Diario que a Diario, is covered. Notes on the poems, a chronology, and a reading list add to the lively English translations. Both the colloquial vigor of Guillen''s language and the Cuban dance-inspired rhythms are captured. The selection highlights Guillen''s references to the Yoruba Orisha religion, themes of racial injustice, and the historical legacies of slavery. Also emphasized is Guillen''s anticipation of the creolite movement in stressing the heterogeneity of Cuban culture in drawing on African, European, and other immigrant traditions.
Guillen, one of the leaders of the Afro-Antillean school of poetry, was inspired by popular dance, ballads, song rhythms, and speech patterns, all of which show a heavy African influence. In his first volumes, Motives of Sound (1930) and Songoro Cosongo (1931), meaning is communicated primarily through sound, and many poems are in regi...
Title:Yoruba from Cuba: Selected Poems Of Nicolás Guillén
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.64 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.64 in
Published:September 1, 2005
Publisher:Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781900715973

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