Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva

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Enriqueta Arvelo Larriva (22 March 1886 – 10 December 1962)[1][2] was a Venezuelan poet. She is considered to be one of the founders of the women's poetry movement in Venezuela[3] and one of the country's principal avant-garde poets.[4]


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.[5]

arriva died on 10 December 1962 in Caracas, aged 76.[6]

Career in poetry[edit]

She was a member of the Viernes Group of poets.[7] In 1958 she was awarded the Municipal Poetry Prize for her Mandato del canto (1957).[4] L


  • Voz aislada (Isolated Voice), 1930[5]
  • El cristal nervioso (The Narrow Mirror), 1931[5]
  • 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[5]
  • Poemas perseverantes (Persistent Poems), 1963


  1. ^ https://www.escritores.org/biografias/462-enriqueta-arvelo-larriva
  2. ^ https://www.poeticous.com/enriqueta-arvelo-larriva
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b Jorge Romero Leon, 'Arvelo Larriva, Enriqueta', in Daniel Balderston & Mike Gonzalez, Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean literature, 1900-2003, p. 40
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ https://www.barinas.net.ve/arte-cultura/barinitas-cuna-poetas-enriqueta-arvelo-larriva-su-voz-aislada
  7. ^ 'Arvelo Larriva, Enriqueta (1886-1963)', in Claire Buck, ed., Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, p. 295

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