Madrid, Dec 15 (EFE) .- The Caja de las Letras of the Instituto Cervantes, in Madrid, now houses the in memoriam legacy of the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, with whom Cervantes not only inherits the first edition of “Belleza”, in other publications, but rather the “vocation of enjoyable work and the work ethic” of the 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature.
This was stated by the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero, during an act in which box 1677, which will be opened on December 15, 2023, has entered the number 1, 2 and 3 of the magazines “Unida “and” Present “, a copy of” Sí “(1925) and another copy of” Poetic poetics “(1936).
Likewise, representatives of the Zenobia Foundation and Juan Ramón Jiménez, co-organizers of this tribute to the author of “Platero y yo”, have also kept two first editions of the poems “Belleza” and “Poesía” (1923).
During the act, García Montero, recalled how Juan Ramón Jiménez described himself as a “universal Andalusian” and clarified that it is “very good” to remember him “at this time” in which you have to “know how to defend your roots in a commitment to universality “.
In addition, the director of Cervantes has highlighted two things about the poet born in Huelva (southern Spain) (1881-1958): “one has to do with his idea of what pleasure work should be, there are people who are lucky enough to Being able to dedicate yourself to your vocation, having a job is necessary to make it to the end of the month, but if you have a vocation, work becomes life. “
“And the same vocation is that of a poet when he dedicates himself to taking care of words and taking care of them with the greatest precision. And I like that the Cervantes Institute becomes a pleasant workplace and a vocation with words,” he added.
Regarding the second point to highlight, García Montero recalled the “fundamental vocation” of the Huelva writer to “turn life and work into an ethical commitment.” “And the work of Juan Ramón is an ethical commitment from the beginning (…) If at the end of the XIX and beginning of the XX the regenerationists said that the greatest commitment to Spain was work, Juan Ramón decided that the commitment was that who if he were a poet he was a good poet and that gave him an ethical dimension that was in the work of all his decisions “.
In addition to the legacy kept today in what was once a safe, the Cervantes has also received a donation, from the Visor and Linteo publishers, of the complete collection of the poet’s works as well as different unpublished books, which will pass to his heritage library.
The event was also attended by the great-niece, and legatee, of Juan Ramón Jiménez, Carmen Hernández-Pinzón, who also made reference to the “universality” of the Nobel Prize and her passion for the “defense” of the language.
“And today that we are witnessing some sad days of defense of the language, I want to remember how he suffered for the language, because when he went into exile (to the United States) what he suffered most was for the language. He said that the language is something I live that he is transforming and made him suffer so much that he had to be admitted to psychiatric hospitals because he suffered from his language, because he felt foul-mouthed, “he said.
“That is why I think it cannot be in a better place, because it links it to this wonderful idea of this institution,” he stressed.
For his part, Antonio Ramírez, director of the Zenobia-Juan Ramón Jiménez Foundation, has also stated that today Juan Ramón “returns to Madrid”, to that city where some of the magazines that today have been kept in the Cervantes were made.
And also the mayor of Moguer and vice president of the Zenobia Foundation – Juan Ramón Jiménez, Gustavo Cuéllar, has declared that the “footprint of the human being has to be protected.”
After the celebration of this act, which was also attended by the rector of the International University of Andalusia, José Ignacio García Pérez, this afternoon the 42nd edition of the Juan Ramón Jiménez Ibero-American Poetry Prize will be presented.
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