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Celebrating Ruben Dario, Nicaragua’s most famous poet

NSC News | Monday, 1 February 2016 |

Ruben Dario, the founder of a Spanish-language literary movement known as Modernismo, died one hundred years ago this Saturday, 6 February at the age of 49.

Dario was born in the town of Metapa - later renamed Ciudad Dario - Matagalpa, on 18 January 1867. At the age of 19 he moved to Chile where he worked as a reporter and published his first book of poetry, Azul.

He went on to represent Nicaragua as a diplomat in Latin America and Europe while founding a new Spanish-language literary movement known as Modernismo.

According to Mexican poet and writer Octavio Paz Lozano, Ruben Darío led one of the most profound poetic revolutions in Spanish.

The Embassy of Nicaragua, Canning House and the Cervantes Institute are organising an event in London on Thursday 11 February, 6.30 – 8.30pm to mark the centenary of the Ruben Dario’s death. Poetry readings followed by a lecture by Irish author and hispanist Ian Gibson whose 2002 novel ‘Yo, Rubén Darío. Memorias póstumas de un Rey’ is a tribute to the poet.

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