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Ruben Dario
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    (January 18, 1867-February 6, 1916)
    Born in Metapas, Nicaragua
    Birth name was Felix Ruben Garcia Sarmiento
    Poet, journalist, and diplomat
    Poetry collections include 'Azul' (1888), 'Profane Hymns and Other Poems' (1896), 'Songs of Life and Hope: The Swan and Other Poems' (1905), ''The Roving Song' (1907), 'The Autumn Poem and Other Poems' (1910), and 'Song to Argentina and Other Poems' (1914)
    Considered the father of the Modernismo movement in Spanish-language literature
    He was arrested as a vagrant and sentenced to eight days of community service (1884).
    He fathered four children in Europe while his wife was in Nicaragua.
    Several articles published in newspapers under his byline had actually been written by his friend Alejandro Sawa.
    He was an alcoholic.
    He published his first poems at age fourteen.
    He was called, 'The first major poet in the [Spanish] language since the 17th Century.'
    The city he was born in was renamed Ciudad Dario in his honor (1920).
    The National Assembly named him a National Hero of Nicaragua, an honor usually reserved for people who fought in battles (2016).

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