Title

Theopoetics and the Crazy Women of Gabriela Mistral

Document Type

Peer Reviewed Article

Publication Date

6-2020

Issue

2

Last Page

271

Abstract

This essay elaborates and engages a theopoetic reading mode to understand the function of lament in a selection of poems from the Crazy Women sections of Chilean Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral's (1889–1957) Winepress (1954) and Wine-press II (1991). This method of reading will reveal how engaging the spatial metaphor of the relationship between human and God contributes to their tone of lament. Mistral's poetry articulates the sensation of insurmountable distance from the divine and shifts between despair and hope.

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