Gabriel Celaya

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Gabriel Celaya
Placa Gabriel Celaya.jpg
Commemorative plaque at his Madrid residence
Born Rafeal Gabriel Juan Múgica Celaya Leceta
Died Madrid
Language Spanish
Nationality Spanish
Period 20th Century
Genres Poetry
Notable work(s) Open World

Gabriel Celaya (full name: Rafeal Gabriel Juan Múgica Celaya Leceta) was a Spanish poet. Gabriel settled in Madrid and studied engineering, working for a time as a Manager in his family's business[which?].[1]

Gabriel met Federico García Lorca, José Moreno Villa and other intellectuals who inspired him towards writing around 1927-1935, after which he devoted his writing entirely to poetry. In 1946 he abandoned his engineering profession and in his family's business.

In 1986 he won a national prize for Spanish literature by the Ministry of Culture, the same year when he published “Open world”.

Celaya died on April 18, 1991 in Madrid and his remains were scattered in his native Hernani.


  • The silent tide (1935)
  • Closed loneliness (1947)
  • Basic movements (1947)
  • Tranquilamente hablando (1947)
  • Las cosas como son (1949)
  • Las cartas boca arriba (1951)
  • Lo demás es silencio (1952)
  • Queimei muita ponta (1953)
  • Cantos Iberos (1955)
  • Campos semánticos (1971)
  • Itinerario poética (1973)


  1. ^ Paula Guerra (20 January 2012). "Gabriel Celaya o la poesía como herramienta política". Crónica Popular. Retrieved 9 February 2012.