César Vallejo is one of the most renowned Peruvian poets in the world, given the impressive innovation that his work for the poetry of the twentieth century. Vallejo was born as a modernist poet in 1918, with Los heraldos negros, but with Trilce (1922) the germ and the radiance of the avant-garde implosion appear: creative freedom, exaltation towards the future, rupture of linguistic and aesthetic corsets, new verbal resources, and in its verses a new way of seeing and expressing the world is reflected.
Vallejo’s life was full of painful experiences that inescapably influenced his works: suffering, hunger, and helplessness. But in the literary corpus of Trilce, the loving imperative is added.
Trilce, like the rest of Vallejo’s work, is born from his life experience, but in this case, there is also the desire to recreate new poetry.
«The book was born in the greatest emptiness. I am responsible for him. I take full responsibility for its aesthetics. Today, and more than ever perhaps, I feel gravitate on me a hitherto unknown sacred obligation, of man and artist: that of being free! If I do not have to be free today, I will never be free. I feel that the arc of my forehead wins with its most imperative curve of heroism. I give myself in the freest way I can and this is my greatest artistic harvest. God knows how true my freedom is! God knows how much I suffered so that the rhythm would not go beyond that freedom and fall into debauchery! God knows to what frightening edges I have learned, filled with fear, afraid that everything will die to the bottom so that my poor soul lives! ”
Letter sent to Antenor Orrego
(Description has been translated into English, Book edition is in Spanish)