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    El poder de la palabra
    Para contribuir a la confusión general : una visión del arte, la poesía y el mundo contemporáneo. -- Buenos Aires, Argentina : Ediciones Nueva Visión. Colección Ensayos Nueva Serie, 1965.
    p. 93-98
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    Pellegrini, Aldo. "El poder de la palabra." In Para contribuir a la confusión general: una visión del arte, la poesía y el mundo contemporáneo, 93-98. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Nueva Visión, Colección Ensayos Nueva Serie, 1965.

This text reflects on the power of words, keeping in mind that each human being includes a little of himself or herself into the words that he or she uses. Avoiding to discuss the usefulness of language, Aldo Pellegrini raises two points: its conventions are exterior to man and the “vital” only takes refuge in popular language, in the language of love and poetry. This is especially true in the latter, because it incorporates the vital gist of the popular, as well as the lovers’ one. The critic ponders about the poet discovering the throb left by others and succeeds in returning it to life. In his view, poetry is quite opposite to literature, which—with its “discreet rhetorical apparatus” and the current conventions—can be accepted, even though it will not deserve a “place in man’s spirit”.


Aldo Pellegrini (Rosario, 1903–Buenos Aires, 1973) was a very prominent poet, playwright, essayist, and art critic in the Argentinean cultural milieu. Linked from the beginning to the development of Surrealism, he directed several editorial projects. Likewise, he supported and helped spread Abstract art’s different trends, promoting several groups, such as Artistas Modernos de la Argentina [Moderns Artists of Argentina] and Asociación Arte Nuevo [New Art Association]. 

The following texts are compiled in this book: “Ensayos persuasivos” [“Persuasive Essays”]; “Sobre la decadencia del arte contemporáneo” [“About the Decadence of Contemporary Art”]; “La universalidad de lo poético” [“The Universal Reach of What Is Poetic”]; “Ensayos apersuasivos” [“Unpersuasive Essays”]; “La acción subversiva de la poesía” [“The Subversive Action of Poetry”]; “La soledad del artista” [“The Loneliness of the Artist”]; “El ilustre desconocido” [“The Illustrious Unknown”]; “Comentarios a tres frases de autores célebres” [“Commentary on Three Quotes by Celebrated Authors”]; “Se llama poesía todo aquello que cierra la puerta a los imbéciles” [“We Call Poetry Everything That Closes the Door on Senseless”]; “El poder de la palabra” [“The Power of the Word”]; “El huevo filosófico” [“The Philosophical Egg”];  and “Fundamentos de una estética de la destrucción” [“Grounds for an Aesthetic of Destruction].” (See documents numbers: 745224, 744705, 745210, and 741492) 

The text “El poder de la palabra” was originally published in the second issue of the journal A partir de cero [Starting from Zero] of December, 1952. This was a literary journal with a Surrealist focus, directed by poet Enrique Molina (1910–1997) that circulated since 1952 and began a second phase in 1956.
This document has been selected because it demonstrates the preeminence of Surrealist ideas in the critical insight of Pellegrini, who, upon starting with the knowledge of the various aspects of reality, preferred to adopt a non-conformist stance. Likewise, this text describes the dialectic conception upon which he grounded his theoretical production.

Cristina Rossi
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fundación Espigas.