Fire and Ice

The Poetry of Xavier Villaurrutia

Fire and Ice

180 pp., 6 x 9, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9169-8
    Published: January 1976

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Distributed for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies

This study presents the poetry of Xavier Villarrutia, analyzing it on several levels. The book moves from the specific to the more abstract, from commentary on lexicon and syntax, through metrics and figurative language, to a consideration of the poet’s major themes: love, death, and oppressive solitude. The final section is an evaluation of the place of Villarrutia’s poetry, and of the author himself, in both Mexican literature and in the larger Western tradition.