Thursday night will mark the close of the free Rubén Darío exposition at the Biblioteca Nacional. To wind up the presentation commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the poet’s death, three Darío experts will present their own works: El poeta y las muchedumbres by Susanna Cella, Cantos de vida fatalmente urbana: ‘El soneto de trece versos’ by Susana Santos, and Rubén Darío y el chamamé by Alberto Cisnero. Original copies and manuscripts of his writings will also be on display, borrowed from the Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Museo Mitre, Casa Museo Ricardo Rojas and the Biblioteca Nacional’s own private collection.
If you need a quick brush up on your Latin American literary history before you show up at the event, we’ve got your back:
Rubén Darío was a Nicaraguan poet, journalist, diplomat and writer who spent a great deal of time in Buenos Aires and is considered the father of Modernismo: the late 19th and early 20th century Spanish-American literary movement that blended Romanticism, Symbolism and Parnassianism. He was born in 1867 and had already established himself in Latin America as a well-known poet by the ripe old age of 16. Darío arrived in Buenos Aires in 1893 and served as the Colombian consul (a purely honorary position, since there were so few Colombians living in the city at the time), and a writer for La Nación, La Prensa, La Tribuna and El Tiempo. He also gained quite a reputation for his bohemian lifestyle and drinking habits. The writer died in León, Nicaragua in 1916 at the age of 49. Famous works to remember: Azul (book of poetry), Canción de Otoño en Primavera and of course, Canto a la Argentina.
¡Argentina tu día ha llegado!
¡Buenos Aires, amada ciudad,
el Pegaso de estrellas herrado
sobre ti vuela en vuelo inspirado!
Oíd, mortales, el grito sagrado:
¡Libertad! ¡Libertad! ¡Libertad!
-Rubén Darío, excerpt from: Canto a la Argentina
Thursday June, 8 6:00 PM