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  • Selected Poetry of Delmira Agustini: Poetics of Eros
  • Edited and Translated by Alejandro Cáceres. Foreword by Willis Barnstone.
  • 2003
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  • Published by: Southern Illinois University Press
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This graceful translation and bilingual edition, now in paperback, is the first to bring English readers a representative sampling of the poetry Delmira Agustini published before her untimely death on July 6, 1914 at the age of twenty-seven. Translated by native Uruguayan Alejandro Cáceres and including work from each of Agustini's four published books, Selected Poetry of Delmira Agustini: Poetics of Eros is a response to a resurgent interest not just in the poems but in the passionate and daring woman behind them and the social and political world she inhabited.

Delmira Agustini was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on October 24, 1886 to wealthy parents of German and Italian descent. She published her first volume of poetry when she was twenty-one and followed with two more in the next six years: the fourth volume was a posthumous publication. Her life was cut short in 1914, when Enrique Job Reyes, her ex-husband, shot her to death and then turned the gun on himself.

Carefully selected for this bilingual, en face edition, the poems collected here track and highlight Agustini's development and strengths as an artist—including her methods of experimentation, first relying on modernista forms and later abandoning them—and her focus on the figure of the male, which she portrays as the crux of devotion and attention but deems ultimately unreachable. Cáceres's introduction presents biographical information and situates Agustini's work and life in a larger political, historical, and literary context, particularly the modernismo movement, whose followers broke linguistic and political ties with the pathos and excesses of romanticism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Foreword: A Poet of Life Who Prefigures the Future in Poetry Denied Her by Two Bullets
  2. Willis Barnstone
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. From The White Book (Fragile) (1907)
  2. p. 33
  1. El poeta leva el ancla / The Poet Weighs the Anchor
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  1. La estatua / The Statue
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  1. Una chispa / A Spark
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  1. Misterio: Ven . . . / Mystery: Come . . .
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  1. Íntima / Intimate
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  1. Explosión / Explosion
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  1. Amor / Love
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  1. El intruso / The Intruder
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  1. La copa del amor / The Love Cup
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  1. Mi aurora / My Dawn
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  1. Desde lejos / From Far Away
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  1. From Morning Songs (1910)
  2. p. 61
  1. De “Elegías dulces” / From “Sweet Elegies”
  2. pp. 62-65
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  1. El vampiro / The Vampire
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  1. La ruptura / The Rupture
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  1. Lo inefable / The Ineffable
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  1. Las coronas / The Crowns
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  1. Las alas / The Wings
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  1. El nudo / The Knot
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  1. Fue al pasar / Passing By
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  1. Tú dormías . . . / You Were Sleeping . . .
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  1. Los relicarios dulces / The Sweet Reliquaries
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  1. El raudal / Torrent
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  1. Los retratos / The Portraits
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  1. From The Empty Chalices (1913)
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  1. Debout sur mon orgueil je veux montrer au soir / De pie, sobre mi orgullo, quiero mostrarte, ¡oh noche! / Standing, on my pride, I want to show you, O night!
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  1. A Eros / To Eros
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  1. Tu boca / Your Mouth
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  1. ¡Oh tú! / Oh You!
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  1. Día nuestro / Our Day
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. Visión / Vision
  2. pp. 108-111
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  1. Con tu retrato / With Your Portrait
  2. pp. 112-113
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  1. Otra estirpe / Another Lineage
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. El surtidor de oro / The Golden Fountain
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  1. Fiera de amor / Fierce of Love
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  1. Ceguera / Blindness
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  1. Inextinguible . . . / Inextinguishable . . .
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  1. Nocturno / Nocturnal
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  1. El cisne / The Swan
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  1. Plegaria / Entreaty
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  1. A lo lejos . . . / At a Distance . . .
  2. pp. 134-136
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  1. From The Stars of the Abyss (1924)
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  1. Mis amores / My Loves
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  1. El arroyo / The Stream
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  1. Por tu musa / To Your Muse
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  1. Diario espiritual / Spiritual Diary
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  1. La cita / The Encounter
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  1. Anillo / Ring
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  1. Serpentina / Serpentine
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  1. Sobre una tumba cándida / On a White Tomb
  2. pp. 160-161
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  1. Mi plinto / My Plinth
  2. pp. 162-165
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  1. El dios duerme / The God Sleeps
  2. pp. 166-167
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  1. En el camino / On the Road
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  1. Boca a boca / Mouth to Mouth
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  1. Selene / Selene
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  1. Tus ojos, esclavos moros / Your Eyes, Moorish Slaves
  2. pp. 176-177
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  1. Las voces laudatorias / The Laudatory Voices
  2. pp. 178-181
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  1. El rosario de Eros / The Rosary of Eros
  2. pp. 182-191
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  1. Author Bio
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809389629
Related ISBN(s)
9780809325375, 9780809328680
MARC Record
OCLC
607029178
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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