José-María de Heredia: perfección formal y exaltación del colonialismo

  • Arturo Delgado Cabrera


Halfway between Cuba and France, Heredia is one of the most outstanding poets of the “Parnasse” in late 19th century French literature. Following Leconte de Lisle’s precepts, this poetic trend is especially concerned about form, and considers the sonnet the ideal strophe, due to its long tradition and prestige in the Western world. Heredia places himself in this tradition and succeeds in giving the sonnet an unusually achieved quality. We present here the poems included in “Les Conquérants”, a part of his collected poems Les Trophées (1893). We emphasize that most trends of modern “Cultural Studies” would not agree with Heredia’s point of view.