Jesús Munárriz (Spain, 1940) began publishing late, i.e. 1975. Whereas his birth date places him in the generation of the novísimos, who rejected the realistic, socially committed poetry of the majority of poets who preceded them, the dominant themes in Munárriz’s collections of poems show a clear connection with the earlier poets. In his work one finds certain culturalist features which surely relate him to his contemporaries, but these features seem somewhat unimportant when compared to their exuberance and protagonism in the “Venetian poets”. His poetry does not veer entirely away from its Spanish origins: a few names from the first half of the twentieth century come to mind immediately: Antonio Machado and Rafael Alberti, for example, but also others from subsequent generations, such as Jaime Gil de Biedma and Ángel González, all major poets who have given particular importance to social and political issues, without, for this reason, abandoning interest in more purely formal aspects, associating them with a primary desire for clarity and simplicity, evident in their preference for colloquial language.
Jesús Munárriz; Spanish contemporary poetry; socially committed content; colloquial language.