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Ninguna patria tengo yo: Cuba’s Poetic and Political Redemption in José Martí

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Ryan Anthony Spangler

De Montfort University, GB
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This paper deals with the unique relationship between poetry and politics in the writings of 19th Century Cuban poet, José Martí. Patria, the underpinning concept that unites his poetic and political agendas, can only be understood through sacrifice. Although never considered a religious poet, much of José Martí’s drive and struggle for independence from Spanish colonialism and the threat of North American imperialism can be understood only through his poetic allegories of death and the cross. In order to unite the two and overcome the impending threat of Spain and the United States, Martí writes himself into the sacred mythologies of the Bible and takes upon himself the bitter cross that transforms him from victimized martyr to selfless saviour for Cuba.
How to Cite: Spangler, R.A., 2015. Ninguna patria tengo yo: Cuba’s Poetic and Political Redemption in José Martí. Journal of Critical Southern Studies, 3, pp.72–95.
Published on 01 Jan 2015.
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