Nicolas Guillen

Guillén, Nicolás

Nicolás Guillén (nēkōläs´ gēyān´), 1904–89, Cuban poet. A leading exponent of poesia negra—an Afro-Antillean genre developed in the Caribbean—Guillén writes poetry charged with intense racial and political feelings. In Motivos de son (1930) and Sóngoro cosongo (1931) he employed native incantations, dances, and street cries. Guillén's later poetry, more traditional in form, is devoted to social and economic problems. It includes Balada (1962), Antología mayor (1964), and El gran zoo (1967, tr. 1972).

See his Man-Making Words (tr. 1972); W. Cartey Three Antillian Poets (1965).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Poet's Africa: Africanness in the Poetry of Nicolas Guillen and Aime Cesaire
Josaphat B. Kubayanda.
Greenwood Press, 1990
Man-Making Words: Selected Poems of Nicolas Guillen
Robert Márquez; Nicolas Guillen.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1972
Between Race and Empire: African-Americans and Cubans before the Cuban Revolution
Lisa Brock; Digna Castañeda Fuertes.
Temple University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Nicolas Guillen and Langston Hughes Convergences and Divergences"
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