18TH-19TH CONTEMPORARY POETRY
 


The poetry of Luzán, 1737

 
   Spanish poetry of the 18th and 19th centuries followed a similar process to that of European poetry.
 
   Imitation of the classics - Greco-Latin or vernacular - stood back to give way to a creative lyric.
 
   The poet undertook writing as a personal necessity and no longer as an excercise of rhetoric. Now he could express individual feelings, looking for originality or inventing it by way of writing in first person. Poetry became the channel for the ease of the poet, through situations which, real or not, answered their conscience´s worries, obsessions or hauntings.
 
   These new contents could be expressed by way of traditional forms or new verses.The 19th century helped in the elimination of the classic meter and in the acquisition of a formal liberty which didn´t aspire to be defined within a convensional type of poetry.
 
   Poetry stopped being a mould and became a collection of possibilities for the style of its creator.


Picturesque Ballads
(1873) by Hartzembusch.
18TH CENTURY: ENLIGHTENMENT
19TH CENTURY: ROMANTICISM/ REALISM

D.Miguel Pérez Rosado.
Ph. D. in Hispanic Philology.