Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva

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Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva (1886–1963), was a Venezuelan poet. She is considered to be one of the founders of the women's poetry movement in Venezuela[1] and one of the country's principal avant-garde poets.[2]


Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva was born in Barinitas, Venezuela into a wealthy family. She was a sister of the poet Alfredo Arvelo Larriva. Self-taught, she lived most of her life in Barinitas, working as a teacher and nurse on her family's estate.[3]

arriva died in 1963 in Barinitas.

Career in poetry[edit]

She was a member of the Viernes Group of poets.[4] In 1958 she was awarded the Municipal Poetry Prize for her Mandato del canto (1957).[2] L


  • Voz aislada (Isolated Voice), 1930[3]
  • El cristal nervioso (The Narrow Mirror), 1931[3]
  • Poemas de una pena (Poems of Shame) 1942
  • El canto del recuento (Counting Song) 1949
  • Mandato del canto; poemas, 1944-1946 (Mandate to Sing), Caracas, 1957[3]
  • Poemas perseverantes (Persistent Poems), 1963


  1. ^ Roland Greene; Stephen Cushman; Clare Cavanagh; Jahan Ramazani; Paul F. Rouzer; Harris Feinsod; David Marno; Alexandra Slessarev (2012). The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton University Press. pp. 1504–. ISBN 0-691-15491-0. 
  2. ^ a b Jorge Romero Leon, 'Arvelo Larriva, Enriqueta', in Daniel Balderston & Mike Gonzalez, Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean literature, 1900-2003, p. 40
  3. ^ a b c d Cecilia Vicuña; Ernesto Livon-Grosman (2009). The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology. Oxford University Press. pp. 122–. ISBN 978-0-19-512454-5. 
  4. ^ 'Arvelo Larriva, Enriqueta (1886-1963)', in Claire Buck, ed., Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, p. 295

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