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Vicente Aleixandre

Aleixandre, Vicente (vēthĕnˈtā älāhänˈdrā) [key], 1898–1984, Spanish lyric poet. He won the national prize for literature for La destrucción o el amor (1935, tr. 1976) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976. His earlier verse, often free in form, is pessimistic and surrealistic. His later verse is marked by realism and then by an increasingly philosophical and meditative tone. Aleixandre's works are collected in Obras completas (1977).

See selected poems tr. by W. Barnstone and D. Garrison (1978) and ed. by L. Hyde (1979); study ed. by S. Daydí-Tolson (1981).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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