Rosalía de Castro (1837 — 1885)

Interesting information about a less well known Spanish poet



Rosalía de Castro was a poet and novelist who wrote in both the regional language of Galicia, gallego, and in Castilian Spanish.  She is best known for her “Cantares Gallegos” which are considered the greatest works of poetry in Gallego and of primary importance in its recognition as language.  Rosalía de Castro is also regarded as a pre-cursor of modern Spanish poetry and today is an icon of Galician culture.

During her lifetime Gallego was considered a lower-class dialect with Castilian Spanish thought to be the only language suitable for literature.  In addition, the literary efforts of women were not taken seriously, so for much of her life Rosalía struggled in the face of indifference, ignorance and scorn.

Rosalía was the illegitimate daughter of a priest and a mother with few economic resources.  Her baptism certificate states that her parents were unknown.  She was brought up in the countryside by…

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