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Nicanor Parra

Parra, Nicanor (nēkänōrˈ päˈrä) [key], 1914–, Chilean poet. A poet who is also a professor of mathematics and physics, he has written verse influenced by existential philosophy and has called his work "antipoetry" because it is written in clear, colloquial language and deals with issues of common interest. Notes of humor and satire mitigate the disillusion and anguish frequently expressed in his verse. His works include Cancionero sin nombre [poetry without name] (1937), Poems and Antipoems (1954; tr. 1967), Versos de salón [parlor verses] (1962), Canciones rusas [Russian songs] (1967), Emergency Poems (tr. 1972), Antipoems, New and Selected (tr. 1985), and Hojas de Parra [leaves of Parra] (1985).

See E. Grossman, The Antipoetry of Nicanor Parra (1975); P. Neruda, N. Parra, and M. Gottlieb, Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra Face to Face (1997).

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

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