Biography of Manuel Acuña (1849-1873)

Mexican romantic poet, born in Saltillo (Coahuila) in 1849 and died in the city of Mexico on December 6, 1873. In 1849 he moved to Mexico to study medicine, and in the capital, their ideas are soaked of skeptical and materialistic theories that soaked his poetry of a fierce atheism.

Along with Agustín F. Cuenca founded the Nezahualcóyotl literary society. He collaborated in several newspapers like the Renaissance, the federalist, Sunday, etc. It is located between the generation of reformists and Liberals and the new generation, custom Altamirano. His poetic work, collected in poems (1874), was published after his suicide, that took place on December 6, 1873, and is tinged with more melancholic romanticism.

His poetry goes family memories in tears, then and today, the dried leaves romantic sentimentality and, above all, existential pessimism, total atheism of lies of the existence, the man or the whore. His poetry shows the influence of Espronceda, Campoamor and Víctor Hugo, but it did not become a great poet, in most of his verses does not the domain of the form. His most famous poem is "The night", written shortly before his death and inspired by the unrequited love for Rosario of the Peña. It's a true erotic poetry, made in the most essential of the feelings and the nakedness of its simple expression.