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Atenea (Concepción)

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ALONSO, María Nieves. Reigning over death: The case of Violeta parra. Atenea (Concepc.) [online]. 2011, n.504, pp.11-39. ISSN 0718-0462.

Death and poetry, as always in Literature, appear deeply linked in the anthology of great Chilean poets. We can observe continuities and discontinuities; styles, subgenres, forms of designation and appellation, revelations, disguising, anthropomorphizing procedures, masks, fictions, the poem converted in cadaver, acceptance, androgeny. In this context, in the case of Violeta Parra, almost in the middle of this great poetic series, it is unsettling and consoling; exact and multiple. This article studies the painful trajectory of Violeta Parra's body and, as a part of it, her work, ruled by the presence of death, whose textuality permits us to understand her last physical gesture and understand that she keeps things in her being and that her function is to prevail but also to "pass", overcome the obstacles that stir up her prisons and secrets. Everything in this work, I believe, fulfills two mythic functions: to unite and to recover.

Palabras clave : Death; life; popular song; Violeta Parra.

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