Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Today's WW1 Female Poet: Rosario Maria Gutierrez Eskildsen (1899 - 1979)

Those of you who follow this weblog regularly will already know that my aim is to honour and remember the generation whose lives were changed for ever by the War to end all Wars - 1914 - 1918.

To this end, I seek to include poets from all corners of the world.  Some of the poems may not be technically 'war poems' - but there are many other works that cover those.  This project is a little different.   If anyone can help by telling me where I can find examples of Rosario's work that would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

Rosario Maria Gutierrez Eskildsen was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico on 16th April 1899. Her Father was Spanish and her Mother of Danish origin.

After studying in Mexico, Rosario became a teacher.  She never married but adopted a young teacher who had been orphaned.   Rosario died in Mexico City in 1979.

She is remembered in the region of her birth as a great poet and a school has been built bearing her name.

Between 1910  and 1920,  Mexico went through a period of political unrest.   Mexico's natural resources of oil and minerals were in demand during WW1 and Germany proposed an alliance via 'The Zimmermann Telegram' - a diplomatic proposal for Mexico to join the Central Powers which Mexico rejected.