The Poetry of Antonio Machado

Changing the Landscape
Author: Xon de Ros

Landscape is not only the visual perception of a literal place, but also a figurative space in which a relation to the world is imagined. Every vantage point, physical or cultural, opens up to a new prospect, and thereby changes the landscape. Landscape is a central thematic concern in the poetry of Antonio Machado (1875-1939), and it also describes a dialogue between the poet and the world involving history and society, as well as the often overlooked engagements with the artistic and cultural currents of his time. The Poetry of Antonio Machado seeks to map out and open up new perspectives for the interpretation of his poetry, and includes for the first time a comparative analysis of Machado’s main translators into English. While the book is attentive to areas of recent critical debate, the argument keeps Machado’s poems to the fore, with new detailed readings of many of his most significant poems. Through a reappraisal of his contribution to Modernism, this study offers a powerful overall argument for a fuller recognition of Machado as a major figure not only in Spanish poetry but equally within the context of European twentieth-century poetics.

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