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Rubén Darío

Rubén Darío (1867-1916) was born as Félix Rubén García Sarmiento in Ciudad Darío, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The prolific poet Darío has had some significant influence on 20th-century Spanish literature and journalism. You can find monuments in his honour in Palma’s Passeig Sagrera and in Valldemossa where he lived for some time in 1913 and where he began writing the novel El oro de Mallorca, ultimately unfinished. In Valldemossa, Rubén Darío resided in the Cartoixa de Valldemossa where 75 years earlier Frédéric Chopin and George Sand had lodged, albeit not in the same cell. Darío had previously been to Mallorca, in 1907, with Francisca Sánchez del Pozo, a mistress from Madrid.

The poet and journalist was also a diplomat, representing Nicaragua in Madrid as ambassador from 1907 to 1909. In 1893, he had already been appointed as Consul of Colombia in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

According to Wikipedia, Darío

… initiated the Spanish-American literary movement known as Modernismo (modernism) that flourished at the end of the 19th century. Darío has had a great and lasting influence on 20th-century Spanish literature and journalism. He has been praised as the príncipe de las letras castellanas (Prince of Castilian Letters).

The sculpture shown (above) was created in marble in 1951 by artist, Antoni Oliver (Porreres, Mallorca).

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 1st, 2009. The time was 13:33:52.

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October 2011


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