Trading his poems for circus tickets,
Poems as ticket to university education,
Poems as true as love and as dangerous as truth…
Abandoned by his parents as a young boy, celebrated for his poetry as a young teen, exiled from his homeland of Nicaragua as a young man, Ruben Dario moved from traditional poetic forms to creating his own and spreading Modernism throughout Central and South America.
As a storytelling poet of mestizo heritage, Dario blended Spanish and indio tales with those learned from books and travel, showcasing the world’s wideness in the decades prior to World War I rather than merely his own emotions.
“Poets must speak, no matter the punishment.
We are observers with musical voices, testifying
in the courtrooms
and human life.” – Disappointment (page 70)
How is your true voice testifying to the truth you see?