With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero

With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero Book Summary

A novel in verse about Rubén Darío, the Nicaraguan poet and folk hero who initiated the literary movement of Modernismo.

As a little boy, Rubén Darío loved to listen to his great uncle, a man who told tall tales in a booming, larger-than-life voice. Rubén quickly learned the magic of storytelling, and discovered the rapture and beauty of verse.

A restless and romantic soul, Rubén traveled across Central and South America seeking adventure and connection. As he discovered new places and new loves, he wrote poems to express his wild storm of feelings. But the traditional forms felt too restrictive. He began to improvise his own poetic forms so he could capture the entire world in his words. At the age of twenty-one, he published his first book Azul, which heralded a new literary movement called Modernismo that blended poetry and prose.

Title:With a Star in My Hand: Rubén Darío, Poetry Hero
Edition Language:English



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  • Claire Annette

    With a Star in My Hand is a biography written in verse about Nicaragua's national poet. Abandoned by his mother as a child, Rubén Darío, was raised by his great uncle, El Bocon Big Mouth and his wi...

  • Rebecca

    A poet writes poems about a poet.✨✨But seriously, this is stunning. Engle expertly weaves together a novel in verse on the early life of Rubén Darío. 🖊 Its packed with emotional poetry that e...

  • Ruth

    Margarita Engle crafts a beautiful novel-in-verse of the early life of Nicaraguan national poet Rubin Dario. The prose is alive with vivid words painting Darios world filled with emotion as he experie...

  • Pam

    Engle captures Dario's life by telling his story through poetry. Readers see his world come to life as he grew up and matured in his gift....

  • Pat

    3.8 Stars...

  • Alicia

    Reviewing this for a professional magazine, so see final (amazing) review there....

  • Kip

    I loved this book so much! Not only is it filled with the background on such a beloved poet but the poetry here sings on its own. Such gorgeous writing!...

  • Michelle

    For a poetry book I thought this was very good. Not a lot of rhyming which is not all about poetry but it still tells a great story....

  • Janet

    beautifully written but not sure of audience appeal....