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Vicente Aleixandre

Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature-1977

Nobel Committee in its citation stated that the prize was given for "a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry between the wars "

Born: 26/04/1898 in Seville, Spain

Died:  14/12/1984 in Madrid, Spain

Citizen: Spanish

Language: Spanish

Vicente Pío Marcelino Cirilo Aleixandre y Merlo was a "Generation of 1927" poet belonging to a typical literary group who drew inspiration from 16th and 17th Century Spanish literature.

His early poems were free verses, highly surrealistic and melancholic. He also used extensive symbolism while describing nature.

He studied in University of Madrid. Soon Spain plunged into Civil War and Vicente could neither fight nor flee as he was chronically ill. After the war, General Franco denigrated him and he was debarred from publishing any of his works for five years even though he had received the highest literary award of Spain before the onset of the Civil War.

   In 1974, his name was recommended for the Nobel Prize but possibly political compulsions prevented his selection then.

 Notable Works: Espados como Labios -- Swords as Lips(1939), -- Destruction of Love(1933), -- Passion of Earth(1935), Sombra del paraiso-- Shadow of Paradise (1944) ,Historia del corazon  -- Story of the Heart (1954), - Dialogues of Insight  (1974),

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