Biography of Eduardo de la Barra (1839-1900)

Chilean writer, born on February 9, 1839 in Santiago and died in the same city in 1900.


He studied at the English College of Valparaiso and at the Instituto Nacional de Santiago, where was titled of surveyor in 1860 and was teaching as a helper. He worked as Chief of section of the Ministry of finance from 1864 to 1872. In 1876 he gave Chair in history of literature at the Instituto Nacional. On two occasions he was rector of the Liceo de Valparaíso. He held the position of Chargé d'affaires in Uruguay and was delegate Chilean pedagogical Congress of Montevideo. Due to the revolution of 1891 he emigrated to Argentina, where he worked in administrative positions until 1895, year where he returned to his homeland. It was important in the controversial religious of his time and has understandably left his liberal ideas in the book the Chilean radicalism (1875).

Of the bar was the best exponent and scholar of metric of Chile and great friend of Rubén Darío. He received several awards in literary contests, some of them as famous as the contest of the circle of friends of the letters in 1850, international exposure in 1875 and 1887 and contest Varela, which were awarded in several lines. He collaborated in magazines and newspapers such as the literary mail, La Libertad, La República, etc. Member of the Royal Spanish Academy was appointed in 1886. Among his publications also some political, religious and language are found.

He was a fervent admiration for the poetry of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, whom he imitated in metric, themes, style, feelings, words, etc., getting a good poetry imitative, although lacking in originality. Love and nature, fire and ice, impulse and failure, condition: the most important romantic elements are present in his poetry. His handling of language, style, satirical vein, good taste, all this appears in his lyric poetry, legends and Fables, controversial verses of circumstance, biographies, translations, and essays on literature, metric, and Linguistics.

His most important poetic production is collected in the book rhymes Chilean, published in Paris in 1890. Other titles are modern Poesías Líricas (1866), poems (1889), studies on Castilian versification (1889), new studies on Castilian versification (1891), phonetic problems solved by a new method (1894), the leading dactilico (1895) and rhythmic studies (1898).