Manuel Gonzalez Prada

(1844-1918 / Peru)

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Jose Manuel de los Reyes González de Prada y Ulloa (b. Lima, Jan. 6 1844 - d. Lima, Jul 22,1918) was a Peruvian politician and anarchist, literary critic and director of the National Library of Peru. He is well remembered as a social critic who helped develop Peruvian intellectual thought in the early twentieth century, as well as academic style known as modernismo.

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Cuarteto Persa

Deja la sombra y paz de tus hogares,
ven al huerto de mirras y azahares.
En medio al arrullar de las palomas,
vivamos el Cantar de los Cantares.

Extiende por mi rostro la red de tus cabellos;
enredame en sus rizos, perumame con ellos.
Que brinden, tras la malla de oro ensortijado,
tu boca las sonrisas, tus ojos los detellos.

Cuando la amada sobre mi se inclina
y con su fresca boca purpurina
vierte en el fuego de mis labios fuego,
toco la rosa sin temer la espina.

Que la sonrisa de unos labios? Nada.
Que la mirada de tus ojos? Nada.
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