(1914–1953), poet, journalist, and schoolteacher. Julia de Burgos is considered one of the finest voices of Puerto Rican poetry. With a determined character, she lived life intensely at the margin of social conventions and ardently embraced the independence movement in her country, which made her a symbol not only of national resistance but also of the feminist movement. Her turbulent life, torn between deep existential conflict and amorous deceptions in the midst of permanent economic penury, as well as her final tragic undoing, inspired numerous legends about her persona. Moreover, her tormented biography in conjunction with the elevated quality of her verses has made her a revered author.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: United States History.