The Spanish writer Francisco Brines, poet of emotions and tolerance, died on Thursday, at the age of 89, having lived until the last moment with “fullness”, as those who accompanied him to the end remember.
Francisco Brines was hospitalized for a surgical intervention the day after the visit of the King and Queen of Spain, who received the Cervantes 2020 prize at his residence, on May 12, which he received with great emotion.
According to the people who accompanied him, that was the last day he felt well, having lived the act with intensity and gratitude.
After learning that he had been awarded the Cervantes Prize, Brines celebrated for having achieved with his poetry “a diversified song” and dedicated the prize to his parents who, he said, instilled respect for the unknown, the “best lesson” that led him to love literature.
Now, the foundation named after him will be responsible for the perpetuation of his poetic legacy, in the environment that has become his living space, surrounded by more than 30,000 volumes and fragments of art history that the writer acquired throughout his existence.
Brines decided to promote this non-profit entity to preserve its material and poetic legacy and pay “homage to poetry, because poetry, in addition to its aesthetic aspect, is a very illustrative path”.
The Valencian writer is the creator of an entire catalog of verses full of tolerance where he dissects loneliness, love, time, old age and death.
Brines, one of the last survivors of the “50s Poetic Group”, a member of the Royal Spanish Academy – elected in 2001, although he only took office in 2006 – and winner of the Queen Sofia National Ibero-American Poetry Prize, defended the poetry as an “exercise of tolerance”, the result of the reader’s emotional identification with the poem, even if its content is alien to his convictions.
In reaction to Brines’ disappearance, many have resorted to social media to remember his verses.
We will always carry Dom Francisco Brines in our hearts with the emotion of the unforgettable moments shared a few days ago. He opened his house, his thoughts and his poetry with his great humanity. Thank you, Dom Francisco “, indicated Casa do Rei through his Twitter account.
We will always carry Don Francisco Brines in our hearts with the emotion of the unforgettable moments shared a few days ago. He opened his house, his thoughts and his poetry to us with his great humanity. Thank you Don Francisco.
– House of HM the King (@CasaReal)
May 20, 2021
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, lamented the death of Brines, whom he called “master of poets” and recalled that a few days ago he received the Cervantes prize at his home: “Today he leaves us a master of poets, the last representative of the generation of the 50s. We are left with his intimate works, full of humanism and sensuality “, wrote the President of the Government in his Twitter account.
A few days ago he received the Cervantes Prize at his home. Today we are left by a teacher of poets, the last representative of the generation of 50. We still have his intimate works, full of humanism and sensuality.
My heartfelt hug to the family and loved ones of Francisco Brines. https://t.co/DGUkdc1cqc
– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon)
May 20, 2021
Also the President of the Congress, Meritxell Batet, recalled the recent presentation of the Cervantes Prize by the King and Queen and quoted one of the verses of “one of our great poets”, he wrote in a tweet.
PP President Pablo Casado said that Spanish poetry has lost “one of its memorable authors, a master of several generations and our last Cervantes Prize”.
For his part, the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, recalled how Brines received them a few days ago at his home, when they gave him the Cervantes Prize, “with great sympathy, with tenderness”.
The Instituto Cervantes remembered him as “a fundamental figure of poetry, an absolute master” and, in addition to collecting some verses from Brines, he guaranteed: “We will always remember you, poet”.
«I write forever from the immense and impure night in which I do not know I am alive».
Francisco has left us #Brines, last Cervantes prize, fundamental figure of poetry, absolute master.
We will always remember you, poet. https://t.co/2IPPP2n3RV
– Instituto Cervantes (@InstCervantes)
May 20, 2021
The Royal Spanish Academy also mourned the death of its academic Francisco Brines and conveyed his condolences to his family, as well as to National Heritage, the institution that awards the Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry, which the Valencian poet won in 2010.