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MUNNICH, Susana. Deseo de Patria en Gabriela Mistral. Rev. signos [online]. 2002, vol.35, n.51-52, pp.101-117. ISSN 0718-0934.

We present in this essay a reading of three poems by Gabriela Mistral. All three deal mainly with a painful sense of not belonging and with the wish to go back to one's origins. Two of the poems are taken from Tala. They record the suffering of a woman who left her home country and remembers lovingly and nostalgically not only objects, persons, habits and beliefs from her lost home country , but from other places as well where she dwelled and which she loved. All these things she does no have but still loves are the contents of "the land of absence". The third poem belongs to Lagar. It repeats the central theme of the previous two but introduces something new. It presents a brilliant view of the Latin American remote history, casts a hopeful sight into the future, a time when even Utopia could come to be.

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