Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 180 x 152 x 17 mm
Edition: Second Edition
"One of Latin America's best-known writers and the man who introduced African and Latin musical rhythms into verse.... Guillen's work celebrated Cuba's multiracial and ethnic mix as well as the 1959 communist revolution.... Prensa Latina said word of his death sent a 'shock wave' through Cuba's people, many of whom knew his verses by heart."
"Guillen, the national poet of Cuba, was often described as one of the finest poets of the Spanish language. He was certainly outstanding among Latin American poets for his folk-poetry reflecting the speech rhythms of ordinary people and the rich ethnic lore of his island. His best-known contribution to the poetry of Latin America was the interaction of African rhythms and Latin music, well represented by his development of the 'son' as a poetic form--the son (or black sound) being in the 1930s an established Cuban dance."
"Guillen... was one of the three or four major Latin American poets of this century, and the most important of all those of the Negroist or Afro-Cuban tendency. His work was also widely known in Spain, where he was held in very high esteem."