Julio Cortazar And His Poems

Julio Cortazar is an author of poems, Bestiary, Graffiti, and Blow up. How his life influenced his writing, which often revolved around a hidden reality.

The biography, or story of Julio Cortazar's life, gives much explanation as to the source and often reason behind his writing. As a child, Cortazar loved to read stories of adventure and fantasy. Growing up he held strong political views, and was arrested in 1946 for demonstrating against Peron, the soon to be president. Eventually Cortazar moved to Paris, where he spent the rest of his life. It was here where many artists and writers met, to freely discuss their thoughts and ideas. Cortazar soon became very interested in surrealistic art. In fact, in his story "Graffiti", he makes a dedication to one, Antoni Tapies, who is a surrealistic artist himself. It is very common for Tapies's artwork to be described as "suggesting graffiti or traces of some possibly tragic event." We see this element of more than meets the eye, in "Graffiti". On the surface we have these drawings, but they suggest that more is going on if you look at them, possibly a love affair, being displayed on a wall.

Cortazar had a very unique perception of life. He believed in a hidden reality, "one that exist beyond our everyday one"┬Žillogical, mysterious and surprising." These three words could easily describe any of his story stories. For example, in "Graffiti," not only is there a mysterious relationship occurring, but there's mystery as to who is actually telling the story. "Bestiary" helps to define illogical, with its seemingly senseless tiger roaming around, stalking the people of the house. In addition to this idea of a hidden reality, Cortazar believed many ideas could come from a state of sleep.

Interestingly, "Bestiary" was actually written after Cortazar recovered from being ill with a high fever.



Cortazar's works are exciting to read. There is always something to be discovered every time one of Cortazar's stories are re-read. Cortazar often writes about uncomfortable situations, and so quite often a reader will completely miss the meaning of the story, because the story itself may be very uncomfortable subconsciously for the reader. For example, one of Cortazar's stories deals with the topic of incest. Because this topic is uncomfortable for most readers, and something that a reader would much rather believe did not occur, the reader may and most likely will completely miss the subject matter that is being dealt with in the story.

Cortazar's short stories are very interesting. Again, some main short stories written by Cortazar are; Bestiary, Graffiti, Blow up and The Island at noon. Another longer work of Cortazar's is called Hopscotch. While Hopscotch is probably the most famous of Cortazar's works, the other short stories are highly recommended. When one is reading Cortazar, there are a few things to expect. First, expect something different. Keep an open mind, don't tell yourself that you've interpreted the story wrong, just go with how you feel, whatever that feeling is. Cortazar's stories will tap into the reader's subconscious, making it difficult to fight the normal tendency to suppress those uncomfortable feelings that normally arise with sensitive subjects. Keep in mind that Cortazar's approach to writing is very different. Nonetheless, his style is one that has revolutionized the literary world.

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