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Juan Ramón Jiménez

  • Juan Ramón Jiménez © EFE

    Juan Ramón Jiménez © EFE






Date of birth

Dec 23, 1881

Date of death

May 29, 1958

" Poet. Mentor of the Generation of '27, he is considered to be one of the major poets, if not the main one, of contemporary Spanish poetry."

He was born in Moguer in 1881. After studying secondary education with the Jesuits in El Puerto de Santa María (Cadiz), he started studying Law at the University of Seville, but quit later on. Although he initially wanted to be a painter, he soon moved to poetry, encouraged by reading Rubén Darío and the Romantic writers. His first collaborations in the magazine "Vida Nueva" in Madrid were well received by Modernist writers. His extensive and magnificent production is based on Modernist aesthetics and moves towards deeper spiritual levels after consecutive stages of constant ornamental purification, following the trail of the so-called "pure poetry". His marriage to Zenobia Camprubí (1916) was crucial for the course of the aesthetics of his work. He died in San Juan (Puerto Rico) in 1958.


Nobel Prize for Literature 1956

Essential works

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    Elejías puras

    A melancholy and intimate mood infuses each of the elegies in this collection of poems, one of the towering works of the poet and Nobel Literature laureate, Juan Ramón Jiménez.

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    Platero and I

    This delicate and lyrical narrative by Juan Ramón Jiménez, the poet and Nobel Laureate for Literature, is among the school texts most fondly recalled by generations of Spaniards.

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Other highlighted works

  • Diary of a Newly-Wed Poet
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