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Gerardo Diego

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Gerardo Diego
Gerardo Diego Cendoya

(1896-10-03)3 October 1896
Santander, Spain
Died8 July 1987(1987-07-08) (aged 90)
Madrid, Spain
Seat I of the Real Academia Española
In office
15 February 1948 – 8 July 1987
Preceded byBlas Cabrera
Succeeded byClaudio Rodríguez

Gerardo Diego Cendoya (October 3, 1896 – July 8, 1987) was a Spanish poet, a member of the Generation of '27.

Diego taught language and literature at institutes of learning in Soria, Gijón, Santander and Madrid. He also acted as literary and music critic for several newspapers.


Diego was born in Santander. He studied the subjects of Philosophy & Humanities at the University of Deusto, and later at the universities of Salamanca and Madrid, where he earned his doctorate. With Juan Larrea, he founded the Ultraísta Movement in 1919. He was professor of literature and music. He began his poetic work with El romancero de la novia (1920).

After discovering the Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro, founder of the Creationist movement, Diego became one of the most enthusiastic followers of Creacionismo. The extensive poetic work of Diego has always varied between the themes and expressions of Vanguardism and the more classical structures of poetry. In 1925, he was awarded the National Prize for Literature for his book Versos humanos. He began to publish the journal Carmen y Lola, of Vanguardist character, in 1927. In 1932 he published Poesía española contemporánea.

Diego was elected to seat I of the Real Academia Española, he took up his seat on 15 February 1948.[1] His lifetime accomplishment was recognised with the Cervantes Prize in 1979.

He died in Madrid, in 1987, aged 90.

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  1. ^ "Gerardo Diego - letra I". Real Academia Española (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 May 2023.

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