Saturday, June 11, 2011

Poet of The Month: Pedro Mir

Pedro Mir (1913-2000) is the Dominican Republic’s foremost literary figure of the 20th century. Mir also produced considerable work in the fields of history, fiction, and art criticism. In 1962, the poet won the hearts of the Dominican people, and his poetry recitals were mass public events attended by enthusiastic crowds of citizens from every walk of life. In 1982 the Dominican Congress conferred upon Mir the title of National Poet, and in January 1993 he received the National Prize for Literature. On the occasion of Mir’s death, President Leonel Fernández declared three days of national mourning and said Mir would live on through his works.

Pedro Mir is the poet of the month. Click here to see one of his most famous poems.

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