Krogh, Kevin2001 0-7734-7581-8
In much of Antonio Machado’s poetry, the Castilian landscape is more than merely the imagery or physical context necessary to convey the poet’s state of mind or emotion. The landscape is either protagonist or co-protagonist with man in the human experience communicated through the poetic utterance. It examines Campos de Castilla as a collection which communicates a quintessentially Castilian collective perceptual experience which relies heavily on sensory data. This study examines Machado’s poetry from a dialogical perspective, a reading which explores the experience of reading, and discusses the properties of Machado’s perceptual poetry in contrast with the non-perceptual referential system of linguistic signs characteristic of Romanticism. It explores the relations between the text, the participatory consciousness of the reader and the reader’s extratextual world.