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Cosmic Canticle

by Ernesto Cardenal; translated by Jonathan Lyons

Format: print

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Written over a thirty year period, Cosmic Canticle is the crowning achievement of Ernesto Cardenal, one of the towering international figures in 20th century poetry. To try to define Cosmic Canticle – narrative poem, mythic song, epic – is to diminish its originality. Cardenal does no less than explore Latin American history by relating the evolution of the universe to the development of human understanding. Throughout, Cardenal blends the visible and invisible, science and poetry, the individual and society, religion and nature, in forty-three autonomous yet integrated cantos.