Bicentennial of the birth of José Zorrilla
200 years ago, in the city of Valladolid, was born one of the most important geniuses of the History of Literature of our country, José Maximiano Zorrilla Moral.
Twenty years later, on February 15, 1837, the funeral of the genius writer Mariano José de Larra was celebrated, who had committed suicide a few days before after a disappointment of love. At the funeral, a young and incipient poet named José Zorrilla, read a heartfelt elegy he had composed expressly for that occasion.
No one knew him, no one knew about him, but the child-like writer who recited verses in the midst of those romantics who mourned the death of the great Larra, made all those present there pay attention to him.
The bad tongues, in fact, said that Zorrilla had written and read that poem at that precise moment and place, with the intention of taking over the work of the deceased. Whether or not he got the job, and thanks to it, today we can enjoy the legacy of his pen. It is also said that on that day Larra died and Zorrilla was born.
Success came and with it, the chair I of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language, where he entered May 31, 1885, reading his speech entitled Autobiography and poetic self-portrait.
But chair I was not the first to be granted. In 1848 he was elected member of the corporation number, with chair H, but never read the speech of entry within the established period, so following the rules of the institution, could not continue in it. Fortunately, almost forty years later, I took possession of a new chair with an extraordinary composition in verse.
On the occasion of the anniversary of his birth, Correos issues a stamp starring a portrait of the writer himself, who is said to be not very fond of cameras to portray. After the image of the poet, there is an illustration of Doña Inés, protagonists of his Don Juan Tenorio, and a swordsman with the weapon raised.