Galician poet Teixiero dies

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10 September 2004, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Spanish poet Manuel Maria Fernandez Teixiero has died aged 75, it was reported Friday.

10 September 2004

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Spanish poet Manuel Maria Fernandez Teixiero has died aged 75, it was reported Friday.

Fernandez Teixeiro died in the northwestern city of La Coruña, the Galician Royal Academy said.

The prolific writer, who died Wednesday, was born in 1929 in Otero del Rey, in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia.

He is considered the authority on Galician literature, having written extensively in the regional language, beginning with his first anthology "Muiñeiro de bretema" (1950).

Fernandez Teixeiro helped organise political parties in secret in the 1960s and 1970s, when Spain was still under Francisco Franco's dictatorship, later abandoning political activism in 1985 to focus solely on literary and cultural pursuits.

Writer and editor Miguel Anxo Fernan Vello told EFE that the poet was the writer who best portrayed "the Galician conscience, in its cultural, social dimension, its love of the land, its people and its things."

Fernan Vello noted the poet's "immense" work in "every genre" - recalling his accomplishments as a columnist and a playwright - and his "unyielding commitment to the language of Galicia."

He said Fernandez Teixeiro's most famous poetic work, "Universo de 50 años", touches on everything from nature to existential thought, love and politics.

It is "one of the greatest contributions to 20th century Galician poetry," Fernan Vello said.

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