Sunday, 2 February 2014

Rosario Maria Gutierrez Eskildsen (1899 - 1979) - Mexico

By seeking out poets from as many countries of the world as possible, I hope to highlight the global consequences of the Conflict.

Between 1910 and 1920, Mexico went through a period of political unrest. Mexico’s natural resources of oil and minerals were in demand from both sides during WW1.   Germany proposed an alliance via “The Zimmermann Telegraph – a diplomatic approach for Mexico to join the Central Powers - which was rejected.

Rosario was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico on 16th April 1899. Her Father was Spanish and her Mother of Danish origin.   Rosario was left an orphan when her parents died and her elder sister kept the family together by giving piano lessons, while Rosario sold newspapers with her older brother.

Rosario moved to Mexico City to continue her studies while working as a primary school teacher – working during the day and attending evening classes at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, gaining first an MA in Spanish literature and then a doctorate in Spanish linguistics.

Rosario never married but she adopted a young teacher who she discovered had been orphaned during a visit to the school in which he taught.

She died in Mexico City in 1979.