Becquer, the precursor of contemporary Spanish poetry

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Becquer, the precursor of contemporary Spanish poetry

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer He was a writer and poet Spanish that in life he did not have greater success, but after his death he became one of the most read authors.

Gustavo Adolfo Dominguez Bastida He was born in Seville in 1836, becoming an orphan at age 10.

He studied painting and humanities, although he moved to Madrid to develop in literature.

There he devoted himself to journalism and in his spare time he wrote about his interests, until his death in 1870.

Precursor of contemporary poetry


Becquer is one of the most prominent exponents of the post-Romantic period, as well as the initiator of contemporary Spanish poetry.

Among its characteristics are the intimate themes, an apparent simplicity in his writing and above all a moving narrative.

His influence reached Rubén Darío, Antonio Machado or Juan Ramón Jiménez.

Whether in prose or poetry he demonstrated his virtuosity in letters.

Sensitive and contradictory, one of his most outstanding books was Rhymes and Legends

His work oscillates between reality and dream, word and idea, mind and heart.

He also had an interesting approach to drawing and music. After his death his writings were published by close friends.  


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What is poetry ?, you say while you nail

In my pupil your blue pupil.

What is poetry! And you ask me?

You are poetry.

Gustavo Adolfo Becquer