29 May: Remembering Alfonsina Storni on Birthday

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Alfonsina Storni

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Alfonsina Storni (29 May 1892 – 25 October 1938) was an Argentine poet and playwright of the modernist period.

Life and Career

Alfonsina Storni was born on May 29, 1892, in Sala Capriasca, Switzerland. Her parents, of Italian-Swiss descent, moved to Argentina when she was a child. Storni grew up in poverty and faced personal hardships, including the early death of her father. She worked various jobs to support herself and her son, Alejandro, whom she had at a young age.

Storni began her writing career as a journalist and later became involved in theater. Her poetry, known for its emotional depth and feminist themes, gained recognition and popularity. She published several poetry collections, including “El dulce daño” (1918), “Languidez” (1919), “Ocre” (1925), and “Mundo de siete pozos” (1934). Her works often tackled topics such as love, sexuality, female empowerment, and social injustice.

Storni’s poetry reflected her own experiences as a woman in a patriarchal society. She confronted gender norms and advocated for women’s rights, challenging societal expectations and the limitations placed upon women. Her writings resonated with many readers, and she became an important voice in Latin American literature.

Alfonsina Storni tragically took her own life on October 25, 1938, by drowning herself in the sea at Mar del Plata, Argentina. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and her declining health, combined with personal and financial struggles, likely contributed to her decision. Her death shocked the literary community and the public, leaving a lasting impact on Argentine and Latin American literature.

Award and Legacy

Alfonsina Storni’s contributions to literature have been widely recognized and celebrated. In 1910 she receives her title as “Maestra Rural.” In 1917 Storni receives the Premio Annual del Consejo Nacional de Mujeres. In 1920 Languidez, one of her publications was awarded the First Municipal prize as well as the second National Literature Prize.

Storni’s legacy extends beyond her literary achievements. She played a vital role in promoting feminist ideals and challenging societal norms. Her poetry empowered women to express their voices and assert their rights. Storni’s unapologetic exploration of female sexuality and her open discussions of women’s experiences paved the way for future generations of feminist writers in Latin America.

Today, Storni is remembered as an influential figure in Argentine and Latin American literature, a symbol of female resilience and creativity, and a pioneer in feminist literature. Her works continue to inspire and resonate with readers worldwide, making her an enduring icon in the literary landscape.

On 29 May 2018, Google celebrated Alfonsina Storni’s 126th Birthday with a doodle.

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