Andrés Bello Criticism - Essay

Elijah Clarence Hills (essay date 1920)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hills, Elijah Clarence. Introduction to The Odes of Bello, Olmedo, and Heredia, pp. 3-9. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1920.

[In the following excerpt, Hills briefly outlines Bello's life and major works, noting their general reception by critics.]

The three pre-eminent classic poets of Spanish America are Bello of Venezuela, Olmedo of Ecuador, and the Cuban Heredia.

Of these, Don Andrés Bello (1781-1865) was the most consummate master of poetic diction, although he lacked the brilliancy of Olmedo and the spontaneity of Heredia.

Born in Caracas and educated in the schools of his native city, Bello was sent to England in the...

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O. Carlos Stoetzer (essay date December 1983)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Stoetzer, O. Carlos. “The Political Ideas of Andrés Bello.” International Philosophical Quarterly, 23, no. 4 (December 1983): 395-406.

[In the following essay, Stoetzer examines Bello's political views and how personal and environmental influences manifest themselves in his logic, opinions, and literature.]


Andrés Bello (1781-1865), the eminent Venezuelan philosopher and statesman who later chose Chile as his homeland and whose bicentennial was just celebrated in 1981, remains Spanish America's greatest humanist. The extraordinary work of this true scholar still echoes in our own times and radiates his beneficial influence....

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Antonio Cussen (essay date 1992)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Cussen, Antonio. “Poetry Visits America.” In Bello and Bolívar: Poetry and Politics in the Spanish American Revolution, pp. 96-126. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

[In the following excerpt, Cussen examines Bello's short-lived but significant Spanish language journal Biblioteca Americana, and provides a close reading of his poems “Alocución” and “Agricultura”—two poems singing the praises of Spanish American history and its heroes.]

Besides, a fate attends on all I write,
That when I aim at praise, they say I bite.

Alexander Pope

The first issue of the Biblioteca Americana, published in...

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Iván Jaksić (essay date 1997)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Jaksić, Iván. Introduction to Selected Writings of Andrés Bello, by Andres Bello, translated by Frances M. Lopez-Morillas, edited by Iván Jaksić, pp. xxvii-lv. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

[In the following essay, Jaksić examines Bello's life and works, arguing that Bello's primary concern in all his writing and political work was creating order.]

Andrés Bello was a central figure in the construction of a new political order in post-independence Latin America. A quiet, unassuming, self-effacing man, Andrés Bello was nevertheless a person of enormous influence, a mentor to generations, an advisor to powerful political figures, and a builder...

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Iván Jaksić (essay date 2001)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Jaksić, Iván. “The Diplomacy of Independence.” In Andres Bello: Scholarship and Nation-Building in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, pp. 63-93. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

[In the following excerpt, Jaksić considers Bello's role as a political figure representing the interests of Latin America in England, examining his relationships with other notable Latin American political figures and authors, and his Spanish language journals, Biblioteca Americana and El Repertorio Americano.]

London in the 1820s became the hub of diplomatic, financial, and cultural transactions between Great Britain and the newly independent countries of...

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