Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Poetry of Discovery: The Spanish Generation of 1956-1971

By Andrew P. Debicki (NHC Fellow, 1979–80; 1992–93)

Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1982

From the publisher’s description:

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.

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Debicki, Andrew P. (NHC Fellow, 1979–80; 1992–93). Poetry of Discovery: The Spanish Generation of 1956-1971. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1982.