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A leading critic of contemporary Spanish poetry examines here the work of ten important poets who came to maturity in the immediate post-Civil War period and whose major works appeared between 1956 and 1971: Francisco Brines; Eladio Cabañero; Angel Crespo; Gloria Fuertes; Jaime Gil de Biedma; Angel González; Manuel Mantero; Claudio Rodríguez; Carlos Sahagún; and José Angel Valente.

Although each of these poets has developed an individual style, their work has certain common characteristics: use of the everyday language and images of contemporary Spain, development of language codes and intertextual references, and, most strikingly, metaphoric transformations and surprising reversals of the reader's expectations. Through such means these poets clearly invite their readers to join them in journeys of poetic discovery.

Andrew P. Debicki's is the first detailed stylistic analysis of this generation of poets, and the first to approach their work through the particularly appropriate methods developed in "reader-response" criticism.

Andrew P. Debicki (1934–2005) was Distinguished Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas. He was the author of numerous books, including Poetas hispanoamericanos contemporámeos.

In Poetry of Discovery , one sees a skilled and experienced critic at work. Debicki's attention to detail and cautious analysis have produced a very valuable and useful book. -- Bulletin of the Midwest Modern Language Association

Debicki does not indulge in empty rhetoric or glib generalities. Following the Yale tradition, he goes to the core of the text, applying to its analysis the most up-to-date theories. -- World Literature Today

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Spanish poetry


Spanish Literature

Poetry of Discovery: The Spanish Generation of 1956-1971
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