Efraín Jara Idrovo

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Efraín Jara Idrovo (Cuenca, 26 February 1926 – Cuenca, 8 April 2018) was an Ecuadorian writer and poet.[1]

Efraín Jara Idrovo was born into a wealthy family. His father, Salvador Jara Bermeo, was a merchant who exported straw hats and his mother, Idrovo Leticia Aguilar, was a professor of Castilian and a poet. It was his mother who taught him poetry early on in his life.[2]

He was awarded Ecuador's National Prize in Literature "Premio Eugenio Espejo" by the President of Ecuador in 1999.[3]


Idrovo began writing poetry later than most poets do. He was trained in philosophy, having done a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. He lived for a while in the Galapagos Islands, where he was editor of The Macaw magazine. In his country, he edited the magazine published by the House of Ecuadorian Culture. His first anthology of poems was Inconsolable Charter, published in 1946. Several poetry books followed, including Transit in The Ash (1947), The Absence Trail (1948), Two Poems (1973), and the remarkable and hugely popular Sobbing For Pedro Jara (1978). Idrovo was a prolific poet, and brought out many books into the nineties, like From the Superficial to Deep (1992), The Faces of Eros (1997) and The Evidence World (1999).[4]

Sobbing For Pedro Jara[edit]

Tragedy struck Idrovo in 1974, when his younger son died. Idrovo expressed his sorrow in the form of a poem, "Sobbing For Pedro Jara", which was published in 1978. The Biographical Dictionary of Ecuador has called it "one of the greatest and most beautiful national poems ever written."[2]


  • Carta en soledad inconsolable (1946)
  • Tránsito en la ceniza (1947), Rastro de la ausencia (1948)
  • Dos poemas (1973)
  • Sollozo por Pedro Jara (1978)
  • El mundo de las evidencias (1980)
  • In memoriam (1980)
  • Alguien dispone de su muerte (1988)
  • De lo superficial a lo profundo (1992)
  • Los rostros de Eros (1997)
  • El mundo de las evidencias 1945-1998 (1999)
  • Lírica ecuatoriana contemporánea (1979)
  • Poesía viva del Ecuador (1990)
  • La palabra perdurable (1991)
  • Poesía Última (2014)
  • Grandes Textos Líricos (2015)
  • Sollozo Por Pedro Jara/Sobbing For Pedro Jara (2018 bilingual collector's edition)


  1. ^ "Fallece el poeta ecuatoriano Efraín Jara Idrovo". El Universo (in Spanish). 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-04-10.
  2. ^ a b "Ephraim Idrovo Jara, the poet pride morlaquía". ANDES. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  3. ^ List of winners of the Premio Eugenio Espejo with Spanish biographies Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Jara Ephraim Idrovo". Retrieved 28 October 2013.