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Francisco Brines

  • Francisco Brines © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO

    Francisco Brines © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO






Date of birth


Date of death

May 20, 2021

"Poet and essayist. Member of the Generation of '50, he is considered one of the most important Spanish poets of the 20th century."

He was born in Oliva (Valencia) in 1932. He studied law at Deusto, Valencia and Salamanca, and Philosophy and Arts in Madrid, and has held the post of Spanish Language professor at Oxford University. His poetry is highly influenced by the work of Luis Cernuda, which sets him apart from the other members of his generation who were more closely associated with social poetry. His major themes are the passage of time, love and death. His first book, 'Las brasas', received the Adonais Award in 1959. In 1987 he won the National Poetry Award for 'El otoño de las rosas' and the Literature Award in 1999 for his complete works. In 2001 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Language, after the death of the playwright Antonio Buero Vallejo. He died in 2021.


Adonais Award (1959)
National Critics' Award (1967)
Valencian Literature Award (1967)
National Poetry Award (1987)
Fastenrath Award (1998)
National Spanish Literature Award (1999)
Ricardo Marín Creativity Award (2004)
Rosalía de Castro Award in the Spanish language (2004)
Federico García Lorca International Poetry Award (2007)
Queen Sofia Spanish-American Poetry Award (2010)
Cervantes Award (2020)

Essential works

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    The autumn of the roses

    This collection of poems that the poet Francisco Brines wrote over ten years is the most valued book by the critics, for which he won the National Literature Award.

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Other highlighted works

  • Las brasas
  • Palabras a la oscuridad
  • Ensayo de una despedida
  • La rosa de las noches
  • Breve antología personal
  • La iluminada rosa negra

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