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"Between the Shadow and the Soul”: Exploring Latin American Poetry

Sweep through a breadth of Latin American poetry under the expert eye of Pablo Neruda’s acclaimed biographer and translator, Adam Feinstein.

Along the way participants will get the chance to explore key themes and groups, including Modernism, Surrealism, the Neo-Baroque, Objectivism, the poetry of political engagement and resistance – alongside looking at some of the specific challenges of translating Latin American poetry.

Students will start the course exploring the Modernismo of Rubén Darío (Nicaragua), Leopoldo Lugones (Argentina), and José Martí (Cuba) – the region’s first serious aesthetic break with Spain – before moving into the Avant-Gardism of César Vallejo (Peru); the Creacionismo of Vicente Huidobro (Chile); the Post-Modernism of Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina), Neruda (Chile), and Octavio Paz (Mexico); the “anti poetry” of Nicanor Parra (Chile) and Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Brazil), before finally ending with contemporary work from Raúl Zurita (Chile), Pedro Serrano, Tedi López Mills and Fabio Morábito (Mexico), Nancy Morejón (Cuba), Humberto Ak’Abal (Guatemala) and Giovanna Miralles (Bolivia). 
Dates and times
6:45 pm | 5 fortnightly sessions on Tuesdays, starts 28 Jan 2020
The Poetry School
1 Dock Offices
Surrey Quays Road
SE16 2XU