Julia de burgos (english)

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Julia de Burgos biography



Julia de Burgos was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on February 17, 1914. She was raised in a poor section of Carolina called Barrio Santa Cruz. Her family'spoverty did not keep her from developing a love for nature and her country. She was very fortunate to be able to attend school, since she came from a very large family of thirteen children. Burgosgraduated at the age of nineteen (19) years old, from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in teaching. She became a teacher and worked in Feijoo Elementary School in Barrio Cedro Arriba of Naranjito,Puerto Rico, but her love for literature led her to write poetry. Among her early influences were Luis Llorens Torres, Clara Lair, Rafael Alberti and Pablo Neruda. Her inspiration came from her loveof Puerto Rico and as noted in her first work Río Grande de Loíza. In 1934, she married Ruben Rodriguez Beauchamp, and ended her teaching career to dedicate her time to her marriage and her passion forwriting. In 1936, she joined the Daughters of Freedom, the women's branch of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. Due to time and constraints, her activities had affected her marriage, she and herhusband divorced in 1937.
Burgos published three books which contained a collection of her poems. For her first two books, she traveled around the island promoting herself by giving book readings. Herthird book was published in 1954. Later in life, Burgos became romantically involved with Dr. Juan Isidro Jimenes Grullón, a Dominican physician who became the love of her life. Many of her poems wereinspired by the love that she felt for him. In 1939, Burgos and Jimenes Grullón traveled first to Cuba and then later to New York. Shortly upon their arrival in Cuba, her relationship with JimenesGrullón began to show tension, and after trying to save her relationship, she instead left and returned once again to New York, however this time alone. In 1943, she married Armando Marín, a musician...
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