Casal, Julián del ho͞olyän´ dĕl käsäl´ [key]
, 1863–93, Cuban poet, b. Havana. A friend of Rubén Darío, Casal became a leader in modernismo
. He was greatly influenced by the French Parnassians
. Afflicted with a painful form of tuberculosis, he wrote verse expressing deep pessimism, often choosing subjects from antiquity and far-off lands, especially Japan. His best-known collections are Hojas al viento
[leaves in the wind] (1890) and Bustos y rimas
[busts and rhymes] (1893).
See critical edition of his poems in English (3 vol., 1976–78); selected prose in English (1949); study by P. Pearsall (1984).
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