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Differing from Mário’s Adam, 13 Introduction Huidobro’s poet already possesses a link to the unconscious through his “preciosos sueños y delicadas pesadillas” (715). Both authors cast Adam in the dynamics of a slave and master relationship to show the interplay of the conscious and unconscious elements of the creative act, leading to the possible reconciliation of the self with the other. • Gender Roles and Duality Another dimension of the self-other dialectic can be scrutinized in the relegation of gender roles.
Os romanos o peplo. Qual lhe dava um colar, qual uma axorca. Os indianos, pérolas; os persas, rosas; os chins, ventarolas” [The Greeks ended up giving her the buskin. The Romans, the peplum. Somebody gave her a necklace, somebody else an arm ring. The Indians, pearls; the Persians, roses; the Chinese, fans] (OI 202). The layers of clothing pile up over the centuries to a stiﬂing excess, symbolizing the decadence of previous poetry. Moreover, just as Huidobro contrasts a general historical back- 20 A Desire for Equilibrium ground with the deﬁnite “una mañana de la historia del mundo,” Mário suddenly speciﬁes a key day: E os séculos depois dos séculos .
These manifestos tend to rely more on the denunciation of other avant-garde and traditional poetics, and on pseudoscientiﬁc vocabulary that lends the appearance of rationality and logic. In contrast, the earliest and last manifestos show a wider range of structure and style, from a greater concentration of poetic images within the expression of the poetics itself (“La poesía,” “Época de creación,” “Maniﬁesto tal vez,” and “Total”) to highly original forms and themes that expose the psyche of the poetic mystique as myth (“Non serviam,” “Aviso a los turistas,” and “Las siete palabras del poeta”).