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Vicente Aleixandre

  • Vicente Aleixandre © EFE

    Vicente Aleixandre © EFE






Date of birth

Apr 26, 1898

Date of death


" Poet. Member of the Generation of 27, he is one of the great 20th-century Spanish poets. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1977."

He was born in Seville in 1898 and spent his childhood in Malaga. He studied Law and Trade in Madrid. In 1917 he met Dámaso Alonso in Las Navas del Marqués. This contact enabled him to discover Rubén Darío, Antonio Machado and Juan Ramón Jiménez. He thus became passionately interested in poetry. His health began to fail in 1922. In 1925 he was diagnosed with tuberculous nephritis, which resulted in the removal of one kidney. In 1926 he published his first poems in "Revista de Occidente". He established contact with Luis Cernuda, Manuel Altolaguirre, Rafael Alberti and Lorca. In the 1930s he met Andrés Acero and both began a love affair that was cut short by Acero’s exile at the end of the Spanish Civil War. He died in Madrid in 1984.


National Literature Award (1933)
Francisco Franco Award (1949)
Nobel Prize for Literature (1977)

Essential works

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    Swords as lips

    In "Swords as Lips", a Surrealist collection of poems full of bitterness and irony, the poet and Nobel Prize winner Vicente Aleixandre subtly outlines his rejection of society.

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Other highlighted works

  • La destrucción o el amor (Destruction or Love)
  • En un vasto dominio (In a Vast Dominion)
  • Poemas de la consumación (Poems of Consummation)
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