Key Modern Poets from Spain and Latin America (MLS2159)

15 credits

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836-1870), Rubén Darío (1876-1916) and Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881-1958) were all concerned with the status and mission of the poetic act. Bécquer developed a new intimacy and emotionally charged lyricism. Darío, from Nicaragua, was the perceived leader of the Hispanic modernistas and brought fresh attention to poetic structures and accepted aesthetic models, while Jiménez, initially inspired by both, created poetry of profound philosophical content. All reflect upon what poetry itself means to them and how they pursue its elusive meanings in a striving towards beauty and truth. The written word offers an opportunity to reach outside of their here and now and touch the infinite. The written poetic word, invested with transcendent meaning, attains the status of the ultimate signifier and is a means of making sense of human experience and aspiration.