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Carlos Bousoño

  • Carlos Bousoño © Javier Cotera / EL MUNDO.

    Carlos Bousoño © Javier Cotera / EL MUNDO.






Date of birth


Date of death

Oct 24, 2015

"Poet, essayist and critic. Author of an important poetic collection. He also stands out for his work as a critic and researcher in literary theory."

Born in Boal (Asturias) in 1923, his childhood and adolescence were spent in Oviedo. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy and Letters from the Central University of Madrid, where he would later be a professor from 1950 until his retirement in 1988. His doctoral thesis “La poesía de Vicente Aleixandre” (The Poetry of Vicente Aleixandre) (published in 1950) opened new paths in the current study of lyric poetry, in addition to being an unavoidable reference work for the study of Aleixandre. Author of an abundant and award-winning body of work, which began with the publication of poems “Subida al amor” (Rise to Love) in 1945, title which would be followed by many others. His work, with deep existential roots, shows a clear evolution from realism to symbolism. He became a member of the Royal Academy of Spain in 1979. He died on 24 October 2015.


Príncipe de Asturias Award for Literature (1995)
National Spanish Literature Award (1993)
National Poetry Award (1990)
National Essay Award (1978)

Essential works

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    El irracionalismo poético (El símbolo)

    One of the first forays of the writer and literary critic Carlos Bousoño into one of his favourite themes, which was also awarded the National Prize for Literature.

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    Metaphor of the violation

    Carlos Bousoño, poet and literary critic, initially titled this collection of poems "La fábula y el estertor", with which he reached expressive maturity.

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Other highlighted works

  • Teoría de la expresión poética (Theory of Poetic Expression)
  • Oda en la ceniza (Ode in the Ashes)
  • Las monedas sobre la losa (Coins on the Tombstone)
  • La poesía de Vicente Aleixandre (The poetry of Vicente Aleixandre)
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