The novísimos and the cultural transition
in Spanish contemporary poetry
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This chapter presents the anthologies on Spanish contemporary poetry including El ciruelo blanco y el ciruelo rojo by Luis Antonio de Villena and Pasion, muerte y resurreccion de Propercio de Asis by Luis Alberto de Cuenc. 'El ciruelo blanco y el ciruelo rojo' perfectly embodies the aims of the novísimos: to modernise and renew poetry culturally and linguistically. Propercio de Asis, some of whose poetry Luis Alberto de Cuenca has translated into Spanish, was a classical poet acclaimed for his four books of Elegies, many of which focused on a female character called Cynthia. The chapter also presents Condesa Morfina by Leopoldo Maria Panero and Sobre el placer reciproco by Anibal Nunez. 'Condesa Morfina' is a long poem with a complex and challenging structure, a very apt example of the poetry written during the cultural transition to democracy and the disenchantment that emerged during those years.

Editor: Diana Cullell

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