Biography of Eduardo Carranza Fernández (1913-1985)

Colombian poet born on July 23, 1913 in Apiay (Meta) and died on February 13, 1985 in Santafe de Bogota. He broke completely with the French-style modernist poetry and returned to the Spanish, classical and modern. He studied at the Central Normal School of teachers of Santafé de Bogotá. He started as director of various publications, which include the journal of the higher school of our Lady of the Rosary, the magazine of the Indies, the literary supplement of the newspaper El Tiempo and the magazine of the Universidad de los Andes. He directed the National Library of Colombia (1948-1951) and the Special District of Bogotá (1963). At the international level, he represented his country as a cultural attaché of the Embassy of Colombia in Chile (1945-1947) and Madrid (1951-1958), he was President of the first Congress of poetry, in Segovia (Spain 1952) and the second in Salamanca (Spain 1953). It was also a roving Ambassador in countries speaking Spanish (1984) and closed the VII World Poetry Congress held in Morocco (Africa). As a teacher, taught in various schools, as well as in various national and foreign universities, which include the University of Chile, Central Madrid and Salamanca. At the end of the Decade of the 1930 formed, together with other important contemporary poets, the Group stone and sky. This group took the name from a work by poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, under whose lyrical influence was born. Some of his works are: songs to start a party (1936), blue you (1936-1944), seven Elegies and a hymn (1939-1940), shadow of the girls (1941), the poetry of heroism and hope (1967), the days that are now dreams (1973) and numbered steps (1973), among others.