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Blas de Otero

  • Blas de Otero © EFE

    Blas de Otero © EFE






Date of birth

Mar 15, 1916

Date of death


"Poet. He is considered to be one of the most important poets of the second half of the 20th century, both due to the conceptual depth of his poems and due to his mastery of verse."

Born in Bilbao in 1916, he moved to Madrid with his family when he was still a child. A lawyer by training, throughout his life he had to reconcile his literary activity with different jobs to ensure the livelihood of his family. His early works are marked by a deep religious feeling which expresses his spiritual distress at the indifference of a distant and cruel God. Based on his religious preoccupations, his poetry took a more existentialist turn, which also includes feelings of love. After the 1950s his religious concern gave way to social concern, which coincides with his entry into the Communist Party. He died in Majadahonda (Madrid) in June 1979.


Fastenrath Award of the Spanish Royal Academy
Boscán Award of Barcelona
Critics’ Award
Omegna Resistenza International Award of Italy

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    Pido la paz y la palabra

    A collection of poetry by Blas de Otero where his raises his peace-making modernising voice against reactionary Francoism.

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Other highlighted works

  • Redoble de conciencia (Strengthening of Conscience)
  • Espadaña
  • Cántico spiritual (Spiritual Canticle)
  • Con la inmensa mayoría (With the Vast Majority)
  • Ángel fieramente humano (Fiercely Human Angel)
  • Ancia
  • Expresión y reunión (Expression and Meeting)

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