Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Jugar Y Leer: El Verbo Hecho Tango De Jaime Gil De Biedma

Academic journal article Hispanic Review

Jugar Y Leer: El Verbo Hecho Tango De Jaime Gil De Biedma

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Jugar y leer: El verbo hecho tango de Jaime Gil de Biedma. By Antonio Armisen. Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 1999. 222 pages.

Jaime Gil de Biedma (b. 1929) was an influential figure during his lifetime and since his untimely death in 1990 his stature has increased. His dramatic monologues, in their apparent directness and seeming simplicity, beckon us with their ostensible honesty. However, Jaime Gil is no naif, as those who study his poetry well know. Indeed, these jottings, penned by Antonio Armisen, confirm the poet's high seriousness.

Jugar y leer comes to us in two sections: the first, of three parts, elucidates the intertexts Armisen has encountered in "En el nombre de hoy," "Barcelona ja no es bona" and "Apologia y peticion," i.e. the first three poems of Moralidades (1966). These pages were written for a 1991 conference on Gil de Biedma's work. The second section, of twelve parts, begins with the intertexts Armisen has detected in "Ampliacion de estudios" (from Companeros de viaje [1959]); it then discusses ideas that have occurred to him since 1991 with respect to "Barcelona ja no es bona"; it concludes with some observations on "Pandemica y Celeste" and "El juego de hacer versos."

Armisen presents his findings as if he were a literary detective. Titles provided for each section indicate the trails to follow: the presence of Nietzsche, Jung, and Langbaum (Poetry of Experience) in Moralidades' first three poems. In addition, Sartre's impact is discussed, as is the poetry of Garcilaso and the thought of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In the main, the second part of the book is an expansion on Armisen's research into the poet's interest in Nietzsche, Sartre, Garcilaso, and St. …

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