Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer style

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer style
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer style

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, was an author of the Spanish Romanticism of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In previous articles we have already de alt in depth with his biography and the most relevant characteristics of his culminating work, the «Rhymes». If you want to access them, all you have to do is press the links that we provide below.


Biography of Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer rhymes

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rhymes (II)

In today's article we will focus on the style of this great poet. Take note.


The style with which Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer wrote his poems was apparently easy, although in reality it was not. He did prefer not to use rhetoric and to write in ashortway, with a single word he was able to reflect a complex set of feelings perfectly. The expressions he used most frequently were: fleeting, trembling, wandering, invisible or restless.

For this reason, the poems that Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer created often have various interpretations and arouse different sensations, therefore, instead of considering his poems as a finished set, they are rather, a fan that awakens a thousand ideas.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer's poems always dance around a melody and he achieves this thanks to the repetition of thesame syntactic structures.

Since his creations are full of emotion and mystery, he frequently uses the device ofellipses, and questions and exclamations at the end of his poems.

Regarding the meter of his verses, he prefersfree rhymeand assonance, marking a neo-popularizing trend

Another characteristic that abounds in his poetry is the use of polymetry, that is, he often mixes heptasyllables and hendecasyllables, on the one hand, and tensyllables and hexasyllables, on the other.

The resource of writing a short line at the end of the poem gives the feeling that the poem is not quite finished and is incomplete, although it is not.

When he has used classical stanzas such as the limerick, the quartet, or the like, they have always been composed in a single verse

Finally, thebrevityin every way would define his poetry since it never exceeds three stanzas. When he has, on occasion, used graduation elements that lead readers to the final climax.


-First stage: in it, the influence that the author Alberto Lista had on him was evident. He also blends in with authors who had classical training, and will deal with mythological themes and landscapes of nymphs and flowers. His most relevant work would be the one composed at the age of twelve en titled "Ode to the death of Alberto Lista."

-Second stage: his romantic style alreadybegins to glimpse and deals with themes of heroic medieval warriors. His work "Stories of the Temples of Spain" stands out.

-Third stage: it is the mature stage of the poet as a result of the bitterness and sadness that surrounded his personal life. So his poetry becomes much more realistic, melancholic and intimate.

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