Rosalía de Castro is considered one of the greatest exponents of Galician letters, in addition to being one of the most important writers of Spanish literature. After a childhood in Santiago, Rosalía met Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in Madrid, who, together with the reading of the German Heinrich Heine, would later influence the style of her work. With a tender approach and enormous sensitivity towards Galician rural life and the beauty of her land, Rosalía de Castro left such fundamental works as Cantares Gallegos or Follas Novas. The love for her land, accompanied her to the end. They say the last words to her daughter Alejandra were: “Open that window, I want to see the sea.”

Poet, playwright and prose writer, García Lorca is one of the most influential and popular poets in Spanish literature, especially during the 20th century. Ascribed to the generation of ’27, even after having lived a long time in Madrid, he would remember the fundamental influence that his rural childhood had on his work. In his poems and dramas he reveals himself as a tender observer of the speech and customs of Spanish rural society, a reality that the poet transforms into an imaginary space where concerns such as desire, love, identity or artistic creation are given expression. He was assassinated a month after the Spanish civil war started.

Monserdà was a writer, a poet, a playwright and an essayist. She was considered the first Catalan novelist thanks to her publications of La familia Asparó and La fabricanta. She participated regularly in the Juegos Florales de Barcelona, where she was awarded several times. In 1909, she was the first woman to preside over them. Much of her work as an essayist was devoted to defending the situation of women in general and of working women in particular. In addition to this, she collaborated with the main newspapers of the time with literary articles and with proposals and reflections on social problems. She founded and directed the Patronage for the Obreras de la Aguja, which offered cost-free sewing materials, training, a job bank and free medical assistance to improve women’s working conditions. Considered as one of the first Catalan feminists, her poetic work has been translated into German, Swedish and Bulgarian, among others.

Joan Salvat-Papasseit is known as one of the greatest exponents of Catalan avant-garde poetry with a humble extraction and rebellious spirit. He also had a prolific activity as editor of articles of social criticism. His poetry, energetic and vital, contrasts with a life of obligatory rest due to the health problems that dragged all his life and, with just 30 years old, led him to die of tuberculosis.

American poet who has been celebrated as one of the greatest English-speaking of all time. Dickinson spent most of her life secluded in her parents’ house, without becoming part of the typical social game of her time. Shortly after her death, more than 800 unpublished poems were found in her room, whose extraordinary sensitivity and depth continue to be a source of inspiration for many today.

Along with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, with whom he developed a close friendship, John Keats was one of the greatest exponents of British romanticism. Classically trained, his work is marked by a vivid imagination and a melancholic beauty. Although he did not obtain great favour from the critics in his day, today we remember him as a poet who wrote some of the most beautiful verses on the power of poetry, love and beauty. He died at 25 years of tuberculosis.

Rosalía de Castro is considered one of the greatest exponents of Galician letters, in addition to being one of the most important writers of Spanish literature. After a childhood in Santiago, Rosalía met Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in Madrid, who, together with the reading of the German Heinrich Heine, would later influence the style of her work. With a tender approach and enormous sensitivity towards Galician rural life and the beauty of her land, Rosalía de Castro left such fundamental works as Cantares Gallegos or Follas Novas. The love for her land, accompanied her to the end. They say the last words to her daughter Alejandra were: “Open that window, I want to see the sea.”

Poet, playwright and prose writer, García Lorca is one of the most influential and popular poets in Spanish literature, especially during the 20th century. Ascribed to the generation of ’27, even after having lived a long time in Madrid, he would remember the fundamental influence that his rural childhood had on his work. In his poems and dramas he reveals himself as a tender observer of the speech and customs of Spanish rural society, a reality that the poet transforms into an imaginary space where concerns such as desire, love, identity or artistic creation are given expression. He was assassinated a month after the Spanish civil war started.

Monserdà was a writer, a poet, a playwright and an essayist. She was considered the first Catalan novelist thanks to her publications of La familia Asparó and La fabricanta. She participated regularly in the Juegos Florales de Barcelona, where she was awarded several times. In 1909, she was the first woman to preside over them. Much of her work as an essayist was devoted to defending the situation of women in general and of working women in particular. In addition to this, she collaborated with the main newspapers of the time with literary articles and with proposals and reflections on social problems. She founded and directed the Patronage for the Obreras de la Aguja, which offered cost-free sewing materials, training, a job bank and free medical assistance to improve women’s working conditions. Considered as one of the first Catalan feminists, her poetic work has been translated into German, Swedish and Bulgarian, among others.

Joan Salvat-Papasseit is known as one of the greatest exponents of Catalan avant-garde poetry with a humble extraction and rebellious spirit. He also had a prolific activity as editor of articles of social criticism. His poetry, energetic and vital, contrasts with a life of obligatory rest due to the health problems that dragged all his life and, with just 30 years old, led him to die of tuberculosis.

American poet who has been celebrated as one of the greatest English-speaking of all time. Dickinson spent most of her life secluded in her parents’ house, without becoming part of the typical social game of her time. Shortly after her death, more than 800 unpublished poems were found in her room, whose extraordinary sensitivity and depth continue to be a source of inspiration for many today.

Along with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, with whom he developed a close friendship, John Keats was one of the greatest exponents of British romanticism. Passionate reader of ancient Greek and classical Roman literature, his work is marked by a vivid imagination and a melancholic beauty. Although he did not obtain great favour from the critics while alive, today we remember him as a poet who wrote some of the most beautiful verses on the power of poetry, love and beauty. He died at age 25 due to tuberculosis.