Rosalia de Castro in Google: February 24th, 2015
Rosalia de Castro was born in Santiago de Compostela 178 years ago.
Wikipedia says that “Rosalia was a Galician romanticist writer and poet. Writing in the Galician language, after the Séculos Escuros (lit. Dark Centuries), she became an important figure of the Galician romantic movement, known today as the Rexurdimento (“renaissance”), along with Manuel Curros Enríquez and Eduardo Pondal. Her poetry is marked by saudade, an almost ineffable combination of nostalgia, longing and melancholy.”
Wikipedia also explains that “She was a strong opponent of abuse of authority and defender of women’s rights. She suffered from cancer of the womb and died of this illness. Her image appeared on the 500 peseta Spanish banknote.”
But it does not describe the added difficulties that Rosalia had to confront due to being a woman. She, along with Emilia Pardo Bazán and Concepción Arenal, is known for being provocative and praiseworthy.
Text by Javier Rodríguez-Losada Boedo, Tesouros de Galicia president