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The Poetry of Antonio MachadoChanging the Landscape$
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Xon De Ros

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736806.001.0001

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The Natural Landscape

The Natural Landscape

(p.73) 2 The Natural Landscape
The Poetry of Antonio Machado

Xon De Ros

Oxford University Press

Major developments in geographical sciences at the turn of the century contributed to a new vision of landscape which informed the aesthetics of landscape painting and was promoted by the progressive Institución Libre de Enseñanza, where Machado was educated. However, his poetry of landscape has been interpreted as a nostalgic escape from modernity, identifying his vision with nineteenth-century nature poetry. Chapter 2 explores the temporal dimension that often inflects his poetry of landscape, destabilizing its alignment with both Romanticism and the generation of 1898. Machado’s treatment of landscape reveals a sense of place that goes against its conceptualization as fixed and stable, introducing a temporal dimension that grounds his vision in the poetics of modernity. Whereas his landscape poems convey a strong sense of place, they also reveal an interest in the production of space, and show an ambivalent attitude towards the rapidly transforming world of modernity characteristic of the modernist vision.

Keywords:   nature poetry, landscape painting, generation of 1898, poetics of modernity

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