Great Spanish Poetry
Book Publishers' List of the greatest old and modern spanish poets:
Professor Ruben Nazario
Prof Rubén J. Nazario M.D. is a board-certified specialist pediatrician in the United States of America. He holds the current position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky (Kentucky Children's Hospital). Prof Nazario is the author of La soberbia venganza del verbo (2005) and Julia y Cuentos de invierno [Julia and Winter Tales] which is a collection of beautifully constructed counterfactual short stories, imagining the last days in the life of the famous Latin American poet, Julia de Burgos.
Prof Nazario was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1971, and graduated with a masters degree in Liberal Studies (concentration in Latin American literature and philosophy) from Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Federico Garcia Lorca
García Lorca's central themes in his works are love, pride, passion and violent death, which also marked his own life. The Spanish Civil War began in 1936 and García Lorca was seen by the right-wing forces as an enemy. The author hid from the soldiers but he was soon found, dragged from a friend's house, and shot in Granada on August 19/20 of 1936 without trial by the Nationalists. The circumstances of his death are still shrouded in mystery. He was buried in a grave that he had been forced to dig for himself.
Antonio Machado was born in Seville and moved to Madrid at the age of eight. He studied in Paris where he worked as a translator, and met French poets. He became a schoolteacher. He returned to Spain and taught at Soria in Castile, from 1907, where he met his wife Leonor. Tragically she died very young, and in 1912 he left Soria for Baeza in Andalusia. Loyal to the Republic he left Spain for France when Catalonia fell, and died there in February 1939. He is acknowledged as Spain’s finest poet of the early twentieth century.
Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
The Rimas by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer are poems that every Spanish teenager have read. The best Spanish Romantic poetry. Only in Spanish.