Academic journal article Language Arts

Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí Y Sus Versos Por la Libertidad

Academic journal article Language Arts

Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí Y Sus Versos Por la Libertidad

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Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertidad Written by Emma Otheguy Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal Children's Book Press, 2017, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-89239-375-6

Blending poetry, biography, primary source, and picturebook-and written in bilingual text- Martí's Song for Freedom is a prime example of the kind of striking storytelling found within hybrid literary genres. Before he became a renowned poet and revolutionary freedom fighter, young José Martí loved the natural landscape of his home in Cuba, "the grand royal palms that shaded the path" ("las palmas reales/que brindaban sombra a su camino") and "the river/as it swelled with the rains/ and rushed on to the saltwater sea" ("al río,/cuando crecía por la lluvia/y corría hacia el mar salado"). But his homeland and fellow Cubans at that time were under Spanish rule and enslaved. …

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