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Three Centuries, Three Americas

Charles A. Perrone

in Brazil, Lyric, and the Americas

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034218
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034218.003.0004
Three Centuries, Three Americas

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When the classical epic model became no longer feasible, new forms of epiclike poetry were brought about that may be associated with the hemisphere's evolving realities. The meaning of the three Americas goes beyond the geographical meaning and can be perceived through linguistic and cultural elements, or through ethnicity, race, or origins within an organizing frame that is varied across different areas. These ways of identifying the three Americas—Central, North, and South— is evident in various verses, especially in unconventional Brazilian works that further on hemispheric views that arose during the late romantic age, the twentieth century's avant-garde years, and the beginning of the twenty-first century. In this chapter, it is first important to identify how the genre and the New World's variations are manifested and how epic poetry is defined.

Keywords: classical epic; epic poetry; New World; three Americas; hemispheric views; geographical meaning; cultural elements; organizing frame

Chapter.  14468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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