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The Twilight of the Avant-Garde: Spanish Poetry 1980-2000

Jonathan Mayhew


This book addresses the central problem of contemporary Spanish poetry: the attempt to preserve the scope and ambitiousness of modernist poetry at the end of the twentieth century. The book first offers a critical analysis of the called ‘poetry of experience’ of Luis Garcia Montero, a tendency that is based on the supposed obsolescence of the modernist poetics of the first half of the century. While the ‘poetry of experience’ presents itself as a progressive attempt to ‘normalise’ poetry, to make it accessible to the common reader, the book views it as a reactionary move that ultimately reduce ... More

Keywords: contemporary Spanish poetry, modernist poetry, poetry of experience, Luis Garcia Montero, Jose Angel Valente, Antonio Gamoneda, normalisation, poetic language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846311833
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315947


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Mayhew, author