Hernández, Miguel

Hernández, Miguel mēgĕl´ ārnän´dĕs [key], 1910–42, Spanish poet, b. Orihuela. A completely self-taught writer, he absorbed the influence of the poets of the Golden Age and of the generation of García Lorca . His poetry, both tender and vigorous, reflects his own experience with war, death, and social injustice. His works include Cancionero y romancero de ausencias (1939 tr. Songbook of Absences, 1972). A supporter of the Republicans during the Spanish civil war , although never a combatant, he was imprisoned (1940) as a traitor by the Franco government and died in prison. The Spanish government did not officially rehabilitate him until 2010.

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