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The Black Heralds Summary
César Vallejo

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The Black Heralds Summary


In the early 2000s, César Vallejo was considered Peru’s greatest poet, and the first line of “The Black Heralds” was said to be known by every Peruvian. Written after his move to Lima from a country village in 1916, the poem was included in a collection to be published in 1918, but Vallejo waited to issue the book until Abraham Valdelomar, an avant-garde writer, could add an introduction. However, Valdelomar died suddenly, so Vallejo released the book in 1919. There has been a confusion about the date of publication ever since. The collection was praised by Vallejo’s own artistic community; however, there were few sales and few reviews. The public was accustomed to modernismo and symbolism in verse, not Vallejo’s emotional and social outcry.

As time would show, The Black Heralds was actually the most traditional of Vallejo’s works, a...

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