Other Literary Forms
José Zorrilla y Moral first achieved fame and popularity with his lyric and narrative poetry, which exceeds in quantity, if not in quality, his dramatic writings. Most of these poems were inspired by the history and lore of Spain, as were his plays. They are outstanding manifestations of the poet’s creative capabilities; his vivid imagination, his facility in versification, and the musical qualities of his verses give life to old Spanish legends and traditions. Many of these same legends became the subjects of his plays.
His autobiography, while not always a reliable source of information, is an excellent example of controlled prose, free of the stylistic exaggerations to be found in much Romantic writing. The book is an excellent self-portrait of Zorrilla y Moral: the artist, totally dedicated to his craft, and the man, humble and good.