Elijah Clarence Hills (essay date 1920)
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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