Chapter

An Outsider on the Inside

Thomas F. Anderson

in Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035581
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038131 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035581.003.0009
An Outsider on the Inside

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The final chapter focuses on a fascinating poetic rendition of traditional Havana carnival celebrations by the Spanish poet, Alfonso Camín. After a brief discussion of Camín's much-debated role as an initiator of poesía negra in the Hispanic Caribbean, the chapter delve into his “Carnaval en la Habana” [Carnival in Havana]. This long poem was first published in Maracas y otros poemas [Maracas and Other Poems] in 1952, but was probably penned in the 1940s when Afrocubanismo was on the wane, but it is still of considerable interest to the reading public.

Keywords: Havana; carnival celebrations; Alfonso Camín; Carnaval en la Habana; poesía negra; Hispanic Caribbean; Afrocubanismo; Cubans; Cubans of color

Chapter.  11779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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