Ibarbourou, Juana de

Ibarbourou, Juana de

(hwä`nä dā ēbärbo͞o`ro͞o), 1895–1979, Uruguayan poet also called Juana de América. One of the most popular poets of Spanish America, she caused a sensation with the exuberant and lilting sensuality of her lyrics in Aguas de diamante (1919) and Raíz salvaje (1920). Her early works also include the introspective La rosa de los vientos (1930). Oro y tormenta (1956), in which she uses biblical themes, reflects her increasing preoccupation with suffering and death. Chico Carlo (1944) contains her memoirs. Her work is collected in Obras completas (3d ed. 1968).

Ibarbourou, Juana de


Born Mar. 8, 1895, in Melo, in the department of Cerro Largo. Uruguayan poet.

Ibarbourou’s works were first published in 1915. Her early collections of verse— Tongues of Diamonds (1919), Savage Root (1922, revised edition 1924), and Rose of the Winds (1930)—express a love of life and a pantheistic closeness to nature. Mystical moods permeate her later collections Loss (1950) and Songs of Fate (1954) and the story collections Biblical Prints (1934), Praise to the Holy Virgin (1934), and Little Carlo (1944).


Obras completas. Madrid, 1953.


Russel, D. J.Juana de Ibarbourou. Montevideo, 1951.