In Search of Spanish Poets

Many Spanish-language writers are known for their unforgettable poetry, such as the nocturnal and dreamlike worlds of Federico Garcia Lorca, the warm and romantic memories of Pablo Neruda and the powerful and emotional spirit of Gabriela Mistral. Poets invite us to places filled with loss, sorrow, passion and life. If you're an aspiring poet, you might want to take a look at some of these inspirational poets:

Collected poems is a great bilingual collection of Frederico Garcia Lorca's poetry, including recently discovered works.

Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, and it shows in the complex poetry of Madwomen.

If you're a romantic, check out Pablo Neruda's Twenty Love Poems and A Song of Despair.

Listen to "Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines" by Pablo Neruda (read by Tom O'Bedlam):


For more recommendations, try this booklist of many great Spanish-language poets, and be sure to share your writing this summer in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide!