Happy Birthday, Juan Ramón Jiménez!

The Spanish poet was born Christmas Eve in 1881 and died in 1958. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956, one of only a dozen Latinos to earn that honor. He was born in Moguer i Andalusia, Spain, but he went on to live in the United States, Cuba and Puerto Rico after the Spanish Civil War.

His best known book of poetry, Platero y Yo, describes his native Moguer i Andalusia through the eyes of a villager and his burro.

Here’s a great biography from The Poetry Foundation, which also includes some of his poems. Or check out these You Tube videos devoted to his work.

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