Jaime Sabines' poetic and transparent vocation

The poetic and transparent vocation of the great Jaime Sabines. Photo from: Pinterest.com
The poetic and transparent vocation of the great Jaime Sabines. Photo from: Pinterest.com


Jaime Sabines, is perhaps one of the most outstanding poets in Mexico, due to his frank and intense writing. 

Born on March 25, 1926 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, his father was Julio Sabines, who instilled in him a deep love for letters. 

Sabines studied medicine for three years, but realized that this was not his world.

Thus, he entered the career of Spanish Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

In 1953, Jaime Sabines married Josefa 'Chepita' Rodríguez Zebadúa, with whom he had four children: Julio, Julieta, Judith and Jazmín.


Literary career 


Soon he was recognized for his talent, people began to approach his pieces, which were translated into several languages, which earned him international resonance.

He is a difficult exponent to classify, his style is unique, although it is distinguished by intensity, honesty and expressiveness that he constantly drove. 

Transparent, he used a spontaneous and daily language, many consider that he has a conversational, almost confessional rhythm.  

The informality brought him closer to the readers who greatly enjoy his brilliant texts. 

El love and humor were frequent themes in his career. His life and work were closely related, heading in the same direction. 

The aesthetics and ethics that he possessed were always consistent in Jaime Sabines.  

Among his most outstanding books are: Hours (1950) tarumba (1956) y Something about the death of Major Sabines (1973).

He died in the Mexico City on March 19, 1999, but not before leaving a fundamental legacy in world literature. 


Lovers are silent.

Love is the finest silence

The most trembling, the most unbearable.

Lovers seek,

the loving ones are the ones who abandon,

They are the ones who change, the ones who forget.


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