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Revista chilena de literatura

versión On-line ISSN 0718-2295


MELIS, Antonio. Si los hombres fueran buenos…: Antropología del antipoema. Rev. chil. lit. [online]. 2015, n.91, pp.11-24. ISSN 0718-2295.

The paper attempts to examine dialectically the relationship between poetry and anti-poetry in the work of Nicanor Parra. When the poet takes leave of poetry to enter antipoetry, it makes after paying last respects to a dead practice. The confrontation with modernity comes from an ethical impulse. The rejection of the affair stems from their inability checking. The idea that there is a definite and poetic language, which guarantees the literary quality is also fighting. Criticism of coded language joins the rejection of all sweetened vision of reality. The systematic desecration of all values has led the charge against the poet of cynicism. But the inability to believe in something is not a fad, but a dramatic condition lived coherently. Hence the analogy with the bitter consideration Niccolò Machiavelli, when denouncing the wickedness of man. This does not, however, recognize that it is a being destined to suffering and death. Hence the compassion of the man and the poet, who had confidently entered the enchanted world of words, to check its dissolution against the horror of the modern.

Palabras clave : antipoetry; anthropology; lexicon; pessimism; compassion.

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