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Milanes or the fate of a lost poet

Gloria Machado León 8 agosto, 2014

For some people Jose Jacinto Milanes was “a man without too much luck.” And it can be understood like that,  if it is taken into account his low income to enter into the elite he aspired, his loves or the unfortunate censorship  of his poetry given certain  social implications that were disturbing for the generation. A quick look on his unexpected final could mean the statement.

However, when the brevity of their existence, their fears and the place chosen to develop most of his literary output is analyzed, it can be argued the opposite, that he was “a man with very, very lucky” that managed to transcend the limits of his native Matanzas, included within the Cuban letters and be recognized as one of the most important voices of poetry and the romantic drama in Latin America.

Hence, the fate of Milanes, who soon will celebrate the bicentenary of his birth is a matter of looks and sensitivity.

The researcher  Urbano Martínez Carmenate, Bachelor of Language and Literature, has dedicated part of his career to documenting and interpreting the life of Matanzas poet who is credited with an impossible love that tradition reminds us cost dementia and later career death. A story very much in keeping with the air of romance and seductive to the charm of the city where he was born on August 16, 1814.

Meanwhile, other criteria are those of Carmenate Martinez who is about to present his biography Milanés, las cuerdas de oro, the Editorial Matanzas. The volume is as regards his book Jose Jacinto Milanes, 1989, only this time, clarifies, is another text resulting from their professional maturity and finding a new language, synthesis and interpretation of history.

Why says Milanés, las cuerdas de oro is another biography and not a second edition of that, Jose Jacinto Milanes, the first located in the history of Cuban literature?

The first has 32 chapters. This alone will have 16 half. Now, at the distance of several decades, I can discern that Jose Jacinto Milanes, delved too much in Matanzas at the time, elements which at that time were almost unexplored by historians.

Over time, these gaps have been covered from research. It can be said that the first did its job, but it required another look today, so the stripped of everything and I leaned towards other less explored areas and in recent years have taken my interest.

I not only used a new structure, but a language more finished style issues to overcome in terms of adjectives own tendency to use an extended paragraph.

What is more pleasing to the researcher, a new volume or a second edition?

A second edition because it demonstrates that made ​​above meets expectations, ie, ensures that your book will not age. In contrast with Jose Jacinto Milanes had to go to another conception itself because it aged. Aged in language descriptions …

At the same time, I grew as a researcher and writer over the years I changed my way of capturing, synthesizing and analyzing history. And a biography Milanes daughter deserved maturity, and thus the distance of more than two decades after the first, go back your life because it really deserves.

Does this new book help to understand who he was and what really happened to Jose Jacinto?

The same theories defended in the first retake here, now more consistently, fundamentally not mad for love. The situation with her cousin Isa became like the straw that broke the camel because there is actually a group of family, and characterological self-product of the era in which he lived that point to the evolution of the final state, madness background.

Some suggest that his insanity was not so, but the family interest to hide their independence against the Spanish crown.

No, I think not. It has numerous testimonies that clearly show his state of emotional crisis, letters and interviews with her ​​sisters over the years. And not far away is the trip made with his brother Federico United States and Europe, thanks to a public collection, where the Milanes claimed he regained his health.

What we should not overlook is that his poetry reflects his desires independence and opposition to social issues such as slavery.

Why the title:  Milanés, las cuerdas de oro?

For the simple verses of José Martí about his figure: “… has broken glass, broken plaster, who returns on gold cords Milanes …”

Was Milanes, what it is said, a poet of small-scale recognition inMatanzas his hometown ?

Milanes is a poet of Cuba. His poetry is linked to the island in all its dimensions Matanzas is as though painted on his work. Almost never left here so it may be said that he was a poet of the city.

However, what transpired literary production of their local context and reached not only the nation but went further, is considered one of the most important voices of romanticism in Latin America. (Taken from the website of the AHS)


Original text by Jenny Hernández Suárez on August 8th, 2014

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