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Through an analysis of key examples of Guillen's use of nature throughout his poetry, this article presents the argument that they all are fundamentally rooted in a configuration of nature as a living being and in an understanding of humanity's place as part of nature. For Guillen, nature is not simply something that he merely appreciates as a theme; rather, it is a vital element central to his view of the worid and to his development as a writer. The collections examined here are West Indies, Ltd., El son entero, and La paloma de vuelo popula.


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Mascia, Mark J. "The Living World, Politics and Nation: Nature and Discourse in the Poetry of Nicolas Guillen." AUMLA 99 (2003): 67-103.