"Oscuro Pez del Fondo": José Ángel Valente and the Poetics of Retraction

De La Torre, Osualdo
October 2011
Confluencia;Fall2011, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p124
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article presents an examination into the philosophy of the 20th-century Latin American poet José Ángel Valente regarding the relationship between poetry and society, the artistic philosophy of language, and apophatic communication of "poetic knowledge." Details are given outlining Valente's stylistic break from other Spanish writers of his age over his "retraction" of poetry from issues of popular social engagement. The relative success of Valente's approach is also evaluated.


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