Salomé Ureña

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Salomé Ureña
Born (1850-10-21)October 21, 1850
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died March 6, 1897(1897-03-06) (aged 46)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Occupation Poet, pedagogist, writer
Period 1867–1897

Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (October 21, 1850 – March 6, 1897) better known as Salomé Ureña, was a revered poet and pedagogist of the Dominican Republic. Born in Santo Domingo in 1850, she was one of the central figures of lyrical poetry of the 19th century and an innovator of women's education in her country.


Salomé Ureña was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on October 21, 1850. She was the daughter of writer Nicolás Ureña de Mendoza and Gregoria Díaz de León, who gave her daughter her first lessons of education. At an early age Salomé was well influenced by literature. Her father taught her the classic works of Spanish and French writers that helped the young Salomé to develop her own career.

She began publishing her first works at the age of seventeen and soon became known for her spontaneity and tenderness. Later on, her poetry became more tragic and sad with poems such as "En horas de angustia" (In Hours of Anguish) or very patriotic and strong in poems such as "La Patria" (The Motherland) and "Ruinas" (Ruins). She would include more themes of her own life in her poetry, as noted in "Mi Pedro" (dedicated to her son, perhaps her most affectionate poem), "La llegada del invierno" (The Arrival of the Winter), and a book that became very popular called "Steven", where she talks about her country, her family, the plants and flowers, and the island itself.

At the age of thirty in 1880, she married Dr. Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal, himself a writer, and an important figure in politics. She had four children with him: Francisco, Pedro, Max, and Camila Henríquez Ureña. Their children would later become highly respected figures of the mid and late 20th century as writers, philosophers, poets, and critics of the arts.

Around 1881, Salomé with the help of her husband opened the first center of higher education for young women in the Dominican Republic, which she did under the name of "Instituto de Señoritas". Within five years, the first six female teachers were graduated from the Institute, something uncommon at the time.

Ureña died on March 6, 1897, due to complications with tuberculosis. She was 46 years old.


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