Antonio Machado

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Date of Birth July 26, 1875
Place of Birth Seville, Spain
Date of Death Feb 22, 1939 (63)
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Antonio Machado

Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz, known as Antonio Machado, was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98. His work, initially modernist, evolved towards an intimate form of symbolism with romantic traits, which itself matured towards a style characterised by both an engagement with humanity on one side and an almost Taoist contemplation of existence on the other, a synthesis that according to Machado echoed the most ancient popular wisdom. In Gerardo Diego's words, Machado "spoke in verse and lived in poetry."

Born: Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz, July 26, 1875, Seville, Spain
Died: February 22, 1939, Collioure, France
Occupation: Poet, Professor of French
Language: Spanish
Genre: Poetry
Notable works: Soledades, Campos de Castilla
Spouse: (m. 1909, d. 1912)

About Antonio Machado

Social realist poet associated with the Generation of '98 and known for such works as Soledades and Campos de Castilla (published in 1903 and 1912, respectively). His later works include Nuevas Canciones and Juan de Mairena.

Before Fame

He was born in Seville and later moved to Madrid, where he studied at the Institucion Libre de Ensenanza and discovered his passion for poetry.

Achievement

He worked around the turn of the century as an actor and translator.

Family Life

He married sixteen-year-old Leonor Izquierdo in 1909. Tragically, she died three years later of tuberculosis.

Associations

He lived in Paris for a time and became acquainted with French Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine.

Information related to Antonio Machado

  • Andalusian writers
  • Exiles of the Spanish Civil War in France
  • Spanish people of the Spanish Civil War (Republican faction)
  • Members of the Royal Spanish Academy
  • 20th-century Spanish poets
  • Spanish male poets
  • Complutense University of Madrid alumni
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