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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer (1836)

One of the best 19th-century lyric poets, Bécquer was a Spanish poet and writer of romantic tales. Orphaned by 11, unhappily married, and living in poverty for most of his brief life, he became lonely and introspective. His celebrated suite of poems, Rimas, is characterized by the melancholy and resigned bitterness of the romantics. He was moderately well known during his life but gained wider acclaim following the posthumous publication of many of his works. What caused his early death? More...
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 1:53:40 PM

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—Yo soy ardiente, yo soy morena,
yo soy el símbolo de la pasión,
de ansia de goces mi alma está llena.
¿A mí me buscas?
—No es a ti, no.

—Mi frente es pálida, mis trenzas de oro:
puedo brindarte dichas sin fin,
yo de ternuras guardo un tesoro.
¿A mí me llamas?
—No, no es a ti.

—Yo soy un sueño, un imposible,
vano fantasma de niebla y luz;
soy incorpórea, soy intangible:
no puedo amarte.
—¡Oh ven, ven tú!

Ah, al those memories of my younger days.
Henry Martinez
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:19:54 PM

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Does one have to be orphaned at an early age, live in poverty, suffer unrequited love with resultant lifelong angst to write a simple few lines that can instantly bring tears or joy,or both? What is poetry works for me without me working for it. Thank you Gustavo.
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