Eduardo Lizalde, the poet of Mexico

“The tiger is a fascinating figure from biblical times to the current stage and I do not think that there is a writer who has not ever mentioned the tiger. The Tiger is the image of the death, destruction, and in addition, beauty; this is just a metaphorical instrument.” Eduardo Lizalde.

Today, 14 of July is the birthday of our beloved and admired mexican poet Eduardo Lizalde!

I’m going to pay a tribute to Eduardo Lizalde!

Eduardo Lizalde was born in Mexico City on 14 of July in 1929.

He is a great Mexican poet.

His nickname is “The Tiger” by the recurrent appearance of this animal in his poetic works,
written in this direction under the influence of Jorge Luis Borges and William Blake, but also by their readings of certain children’s stories of Kipling and Salgari.

Since he was a child, Eduardo Lizalde approached the wonderful world of literature.

His first contact was with the novels of Kipling (where he found the figure of the Tiger) and later, at 12 years old, approached the readings of Émilie Zola, William Blake, Honore de Balzac and Rainer Maria Rilke.

When Eduardo Lizalde was 18 years old, he began to publish his first small poems.

Eduardo Lizalde is a member of the Mexican Academy of Language since 2007.

Eduardo Lizalde is a great enthusiast of the opera.

Eduardo Lizalde was a host (along with the great erudite and scholar Ernesto de la Peña, with whom he had a great friendship) of the program “Operomania, in TV UNAM channel, the cultural channel of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a special program devoted to the opera. Its purpose was to support and promote the culture of the opera.

Together, Eduardo Lizalde and Ernesto de la Peña, had beautiful programs in which they commented famous operas such as “The Marriage of Figaro”, “The Flying Dutchman”, “Wozzeck”, “William Tell”, “Fidelio”, “Andrea Chenier”, “The Tales of Hoffman”, “Don Carlo”, “Don Giovanni” and the “Ring Cycle”.

Eduardo Lizalde studied singing, composition and lyrics at the night school of the “Conservatorio Nacional” at the same time when he was studying literature in the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at the UNAM.

And in the words of Ernesto de la Peña, one of the best and most beautiful poems of Eduardo Lizalde is “Third Tenochtitlán”.

His work has been recognized with the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, the National Poetry Aguascalientes, the Guggenheim fellowship and a Gold Medal to the trajectory as a writer given by the National Institute of Fine Arts, among other awards.

Apart from the opera, Eduardo Lizalde is fond of good wine and cheese.

Happy Birthday to Eduardo Lizalde!

Jacqueline

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