Drawing of Don Quijote done in 1955 for Picasso

Vocabulary - Histories

On September 29, 2008 - Birthday of a Spanish genius: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.
He thinks about how to read aloud to practise and so that you could get accustomed with the sounds.

The anniversary of 461 years of Miguel de Cervantes

Portrait of Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes Saavedra, maximum figure of the Spanish literature, was born probably on September 29, 1547 in Alcala de Henares. It is known universally, especially for having written "The ingenious nobleman Don Quijote of the Spot", that many critics have described like the first modern novel and one of the best works of the universal literature.

Novelist, poet and playwright centred his first literary works on the poetry and the theater, genres that it never left. His poetical work includes sonnets, songs, eclogues, romances, letrillas and other minor poems dispersed or included in his comedies and in his novels. The Cervantes influence in the universal literature has been such, that the Spanish language is usually called "the language of Cervantes".

In 1597, after some previous conflicts with the justice it was caught in Seville, where there one believes that there grew the first part of "The Ingenious Nobleman Don Quijote of The Spot", published in 1605. The Second part was published in 1615.

He died in April 22, 1616 in Madrid. Real Cervantes portraits do not exist. The most trustworthy portrait that is known owes to its own pen, with which it planned his "face and size" in the prologue to the "Model Novels".


to be born
To go out of the maternal belly.

Literary work in prose, which narrates events whole or partially fictitious.

to include
To understand, to contain.

Poetical composition of the bucolic genre in which, for the common thing, two shepherds talk about his loves or the rural life.

Poetical composition split into strophes, at the end of everyone a refrain recurs.

to occur rarely
To have custom.

to catch
To imprison, to set in prison.

to gestate
To be prepared, to develop or to grow feelings, ideas or individual or collective tendencies.

Worthy of faith and confidence.

Disposition, proportion and appearance of the human body.

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