Óscar Acosta

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Óscar Acosta Zeledón
Born (1933-04-14)14 April 1933
Las Delicias, Honduras
Died 15 July 2014(2014-07-15) (aged 81)
Nationality Honduran
Institutions Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
Notable awards Premio Rubén Darío (1960), el Premio Nacional de Literatura Ramón Sosa (1970)

Óscar Acosta Zeledón (14 April 1933 – 15 July 2014) was a Honduran writer, poet, critic, politician and diplomat.[1][2][3]

He was born in the Las Delicias neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 14 April 1933.[4][5]

Acosta began his career as a journalist in Peru for Tegucigalpa Magazine. He founded la Editorial Nuevo Continente, las revistas Extra, Presente, la Editorial Iberoamericana, and Honduras Literaria y Extra. He was director of the University Press of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.[6]

Acosta died in Tegucigalpa at the age of 81 on 15 July 2014.[5]


  • Responso poético al cuerpo presente de José Trinidad Reyes (1955)
  • El arca (1956)
  • Poesía menor (1957)
  • Tiempo detenido (1962)
  • Mi país (1971)
  • Poesía. Selección 1952–1965 (1965)
  • Poesía. Selección 1952–1971 (1976)
  • Rafael Heliodoro Valle. Vida y obra (1964)


  • 1960 Premio Rubén Darío
  • 1979 el Premio Nacional de Literatura Ramón Sosa[7]

Literary works[edit]

He also compiled poems from other authors in works such as Antología de la nueva poesía hondureña (1967) y Poesía hondureña de hoy (1971). In his studies he emphasizes Rafael Heliodoro Valle, vida y obra (1964). His poetry is profound and serene, with an intimate tone.

It is pertinent to mention the book "Poesía", a selection of poems that the Poet Óscar Acosta created between the years 1952-1971 in Spain, Madrid, was published in 1976 by the publishing house "Ediciones Cultura Hispánica".[8] This selection of exclusive and intimate poetry by the author contains 111 poems, separated into the following classifications:

Poesía menor, a book that was published in the year 1957. In the essay "Anticipación el geranio" by Dr. Hector M. Leyva, which was published in the text "Lucidez Creativa", addresses the idea that short poems contain an affirmative action, in the sense that it can reclaim those things that may be despised, or negatively discriminated against. Short poetry, of the most basic, and modest. Modest poetry that alludes to bombast, in low key. Poetry spoken softly but not simply. If in the slightest it refers to the conscience, of the barely perceptible accidents of the world, then that poetry can be one of the most important.[9]

In the case of the woman that is loved in Óscar Acosta's collection of poetry, the primary motive of his song in Formas del amor (1959), Escritura amorosa (1962) and Poemas para una muchacha (1963), the poet is convinced that he received the woman as a gift from heaven and that there may be no feeling as importante as is that of love.


  1. ^ Presentan “Poesía reunida” de Óscar Acosta. (Spanish) El Heraldo. 31 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Oscar Acosta". Epdlp.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  3. ^ "Biografia de Óscar Acosta". Biografiasyvidas.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  4. ^ http://www.elheraldo.hn/csp/mediapool/sites/ElHeraldo/OtrasSecciones/NuestrasRevistas/story.csp?cid=627034&sid=1653&fid=373
  5. ^ a b "Muere Óscar Acosta, el renovador del cuento y la poesía en Honduras". La Prensa (Honduras). 15 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Oscar Acosta, poeta hondureño". Artepoetica.net. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  7. ^ "Oscar Acosta". Amediavoz.com. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  8. ^ Acosta, Óscar (1976). Poesía. España, Madrid: Ediciones Cultura Hispánica. ISBN 84-7232-263-7. 
  9. ^ Acosta, Óscar (2015). Lucidez Creativa. Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Litografía Iberoamericana. ISBN 978-99926-51-50-6.