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Huizar, Angélica J., Beyond the Page: Latin American Poetry from the Calligramme to the Virtual. Academica Press: Palo Alto, CA, 2008.

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Maria Mercedes Andrade

Universidad de los Andes
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In his 1958 article “Linguistics and Poetics,” Roman Jakobson argues that poetic texts emphasize “the message,” by which he means the signifier, as opposed to what occurs in texts that privilege the “referential” function,” which emphasize the signified. In other words, poetry emphasizes “how” something is said, and not merely “what” is being said: the poetic text constantly calls attention to its own form: words are chosen for their sounds, not merely to convey a meaning, and in this sense all sounds in a poem are equally important. Jakobson’s reflections may serve as a point of departure for understanding what Angélica Huízar proposes in the present book. Although Jakobson claims that these characteristics are common to all poetry, as Huízar rightly notes, not all poetry can actually be said to call attention to the signifier to a full extent. Only certain kinds of poems, those that she calls “performative” and which are the subject of her book, emphasize formal elements while integrating them with the poem’s meaning.

How to Cite: Mercedes Andrade, M., (2010). Huizar, Angélica J., Beyond the Page: Latin American Poetry from the Calligramme to the Virtual. Academica Press: Palo Alto, CA, 2008.. Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies. 23(1), pp.57–58. DOI: http://doi.org/10.23870/91
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Published on 01 Jan 2010.

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