From the first editions of his poetry books to the shirt he wore the day he entered the Royal Academy, from the keys to his house to a cape, the The legacy of the poet Luis Rosales remains guarded since Monday in the Caja de las Letras of the Instituto Cervantes, who has lived his most ‘rosalian’ day.
The Instituto Cervantes pays this Monday a double tribute to Luis Rosales (Granada, 1910 – Madrid, 1992), poet and essayist of the Generation of 1936 and 1982 Cervantes Prize, one of the most important poets of the 20th century in Spanish, a scholar of the poetry and a lover of the word. “In a word, an autobiography fits“, assured Luis Rosales, as recalled by the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, at the ceremony held at the Caja de las Letras, where the poet’s son deposited his legacy in the 1236 safe-deposit box of this old vault which houses the headquarters of this institution in Madrid.
Luis Rosales Fouz, son of the poet and also a writer, has deposited in the Caja de las Letras a wide legacy, among which the first editions of poems such as ‘Abril’ (1935) or ‘La Casa Encendida’ (1949) and others stand out. many objects, each of which, he has assured, has its history. Rosales Fouz explained that this “so rosalian” day was very important for his father’s memory and he trusted that his legacy serves so that in the future his verses can be read and listened to.
The first of the deposited objects was a postage stamp made by Correos on the centenary of the birth of Rosales, in 2010, which was followed by the first edition of ‘Abril’, whose publication in 1935, he recalled, had a great reception among the poets of the time. It was said then, has his son remembered, “that Federico (García Lorca) and Neruda thought that Rosales was not a hope but a reality“.
He has also included the first edition of ‘La casa encendida’, surely his best work, which he wrote in six days and which marks a “before and after in Spanish poetry” and which has given its name to “a magnificent institution”. said his son. A copy accompanied by a CD on which the poet can be heard reciting his verses. “The ‘house on’ was also our house in Altamirano, 34”, the Madrid home where the poet lived and where he wrote that work, the son recalled, “a place where people talked and talked” and that is why he left his keys to the Box of Letters, “to be able to continue entering it”.
Along with the first two editions of so remembered books, has also entered in the safe other “more unknown”, such as ‘Cervantes and freedom’ and ‘Sacred altarpiece of the birth of the Lord’. And it is that Luis Rosales “was a great Cervantist”. It took him ten years to finish the work on Cervantes and it was the one that made him most proud of having written. Meanwhile, the second title is about “a little jewel” with his Christmas carols in which one sees “the most human Jesus in Spanish religious poetry.”
The “most personal” part of the legacy has consisted of the shirt that led to his inauguration as academic of the RAE, in addition to the gold badge that was awarded to him by the Cercedilla City Council (Madrid), where he is buried and where he wrote most of his poetic work, from 1963 to 1984, when he suffered a stroke. And he has also included a “huge cape” that his father used and that he lent him on occasion, he recalled.
Granada was very important in the life and work of Luis Rosales, and he never wanted to “disguise” his closed Granada accent: Andalusianism overflowed “through all the pores of the soul”, has assured his son, who has delivered the gold medal for merit for the city of Granada and a DVD with images of the Alhambra commented on by the poet. The legacy given by the poet’s son has been joined by that deposited by José García Montero, brother of the director of Cervantes, who has studied the figure of Rosales, consisting of four manuscripts from the 1930s, from the time prior to his transfer to Madrid , of which three are unpublished.
The tribute at the Cervantes continues with the presentation of the book ‘Since your steps open the way for me. A walk through Luis Rosales’ Madrid (Book Viewer), written by Luis Rosales Fouz and by the poet Cova Sánchez-Talón, a work that recreates an imaginary walk through the closest places where the RAE academic lived, both in Madrid as in his refuge in Cercedilla, and recounts important events and unknown situations about his life.