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A Rosal in Argentine poetry

Alfonsina Storni was born on May 29, 1892. At his birth, we tell you who he was and why his poetic and theatrical work is his best legacy.

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Alfonsina Storni (Capriasca, Switzerland 1892 — Mar del Plata, 1938) is one of the most unique Argentine poets of the first half of the 20th century. In his verses he evolves from modernism to avant-garde currents while his voice becomes more autobiographical and dark but without abandoning love as his big theme. She was one of the first broadcasters of Argentine feminism with poems denouncing social models.
Born into a wealthy family that became impoverished by her father's alcoholism and bad business problems, Alfonsina wrote her first poem to 12 years old. She worked as a worker without ceasing to study teaching, going through great hardship, and became director in Rosario. However, nervous problems would force her to leave teaching and settle in Buenos Aires. In 1916, Alfonsina pobre, a single mother without contacts, published “The restlessness of the rose bush” and obtained an unusual recognition of the literary world and the public, especially the female. Author in addition to dramaturgy and children's theatre, collaborator in the newspaper La Nación under the pseudonym Tao-Lao, in the thirties her figure became an Argentine cultural reference until her suicide in Mar del Plata is suffering from a terminal illness.

About Alfonsina

“.. supported at the time, massively by the female audience who endorses Storni's poems , who models in his work a type of sexual woman , inscribed in his biography, which is not included in any of the two accepted by society in the first decades of the twentieth century: mother or prostitute” in Prieto, M. Argentine literature. Buenos Aires: Taurus. 2006.

Poems by Alfonsina

My soul has all the nuances, I
already said: it is true.
From fierce rebelliousness passes sweet
to sweet humility.
There is only this truth:
my heart that
is bleeding behind different veils.

About Buenos Aires
A folding your black Alsina bridge
like a great bandoneon and to its bars
dance your tango, among haraposa lights,
to the broken barges of the Riachuelo

To Carolina Muzilli (1889-1917), worker, militant and feminist pioneerSad
Poor swallow
was loving the summer
midday sun.
Forests in aromas
honeysuckle, linden trees,
voyages on seas,
new lands
immortelle men
of justice were.
You turned off one day...

To pay tribute to the great poet Alfonsina Storni
Alfonsina and the sea (Félix Luna/ Ariel Ramírez) by Mercedes Sosa

Publication Date: 29/05/2020

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