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Vicente Huidobro

Huidobro, Vicente (vēsānˈtā wēħōˈbrō) [key], 1893–1948, Chilean poet, founder of the aesthetic movement known as creacionismo, which emphasized the value of the poet as verbal magician, exploring the deepest sources of poetic creation. He lived for many years in Paris and was a founder of the review Nord-Sud. Influenced by Guillaume Apollinaire and Pierre Reverdy, Huidobro is widely considered among the most important of the century's Latin American poets. His philosophy is ilustrated in his masterpiece, Altazor (1931), as well as in Tour Eiffel (1917), Manifestes (1925), and Ultimos poemas (1948).

See also selected poetry in English (1981); study by R. de Costa (1984).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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