Sagarra, Josep Maria de

Sagarra, Josep Maria de

(Josep Maria de Sagarra i Castellarnau) (zhōsĕp` mərē`ə dā səgär`rə ē kästəl-lyär`nou), 1894–1961, Catalonian poet, novelist, and playwright. He published his first poems at the age of 12 and later, on the advice of his mentors Miquel Costa i LloberaCosta i Llobera, Miguel
, 1854–1922, Catalonian poet and orator. In 1888 he was ordained a priest in Rome, where he developed a love of Latin literature. Costa i Llobera's works are serious and contemplative, and they exerted a strong influence on Catalonian literature in
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 and Joan Maragall i GorinaMaragall i Gorina, Joan
, 1860–1911, Catalonian poet and essayist. For many years he wrote articles and essays for the influential newspaper Diario de Barcelona [Barcelona daily]. Maragall i Gorina is noted for the serenity and spontaneity of his poetry.
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, abandoned law for writing. Among his important poetic works are Cançons d'abril i novembre [songs of April and November] (1918), which makes graceful use of regional idioms, and the epic poem El Comte Arnau [Count Arnau] (1928), which emphasizes the human aspects of myth. His numerous plays, which were enormously popular, are noted for their originality and grace of language; they include L'estudiant i la pubille (1921) and L'hostel de la glòria (1931). His novels are largely social satires.
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