Chile Marks Anniversary of the Death of Pablo de Rokha
SANTIAGO — Today is the anniversary of the death of famous Chilean poet Pablo de Rokha’. Pablo de Rokha was born Carlos Diaz Loyola on October 17, 1894.
In 1965, he won the Chilean national prize for literature and is now considered one of the four greatest Chilean poets of all time.
At 17 years old, he was expelled from his school, the Seminario Conciliar San Pelayo de Talca because he read the “prohibited authors”. These were his beginnings in poetry. A few years later, he wrote for several newspapers such as La Razon, La Mañana, and the magazine Juventud. In 1924, he founded the magazine Dinamo and gave his support to the “Frente Popular” when Pedro Aguirre Cerda was elected president in 1938.
In 1944, he was chosen to be the cultural ambassador of Chile in the USA. In 1955, he published “Neruda y Yo” (Neruda and I), a violent criticism of the poet.
De Rokha lived the rest of his life with the pain of having lost his wife, who died in 1951 and his son Carlos, who died in 1968.
His last published book was “Mundo a Mundo: Francia” before his suicide at the age of 73.