José Antonio Dávila

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José Antonio Dávila
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Dr. José Antonio Dávila
Born José Antonio Dávila Morales
October 7, 1898
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Died December 4, 1941
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Occupation poet
Nationality Puerto Rican
Literary movement postmodernism (?)
Notable works Vendimia
Spouse Alma Blake
Relatives Virgilio Dávila Cabrera (father)

Dr. José Antonio Dávila (October 7, 1898 – December 4, 1941) was a postmodern Puerto Rican poet.

Life and career[edit]

Dávila (birth name: José Antonio Dávila Morales [note 1]) was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico into a literary family; he received both his primary and secondary education here and went to high school in Santurce, San Juan.

Early years[edit]

In 1918, he enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico and later transferred to Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he studied medicine, earning his medical degree in 1924; after graduating he established a medical practice there.

He was married to Alma Blake with whom he had a son (José Antonio Dávila, Jr.). Dávila became fatally ill and had to abandon his medical practice. He was interned at the Saranac Lake Hospital in New York, but returned to Puerto Rico in 1930.[1] He is now buried in the city's Porta Coeli Cemetery, next to his father.

Dávila became a poet and received an award from the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture for his poem Vendimia (1940). His main source of inspiration was his father, the poet and Mayor of Bayamon, Virgilio Dávila.[2]

Written works[edit]

Much of Dávila's work was published posthumously. Besides Vendimia, his other works are:[1][2]

  • Los Motivos de Tristan ('The Motives of Tristan') (1957)
  • Poemas (Poems) (1964)
  • Almacen de Baratijas
  • Carta de Recomendación "Señor: en breve llegará a tu cielo una tímida y dulce viejecita ..."

Davila also wrote a biography of the Bayamonese musician and composer Mariano Feliú Balseiro.


The City of Bayamon has named a school and an avenue after him.[1][2]


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Dávila and the second or maternal family name is Morales.

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