1772 – Born on April 11th in Madrid. Spanish patriot and Neoclassical poet, esteemed by his countrymen for poems, pamphlets, and proclamations written during the War of Independence from Napoleon.
– Quintana’s poetry is extremely rhetorical and marked by patriotism and liberalism.
1814 – Active in the Napoleonic Wars, he was imprisoned, after the return to Spain of Ferdinand VII.
1820 – Released by the revolutionary forces, he later served as tutor to the future queen Isabella II, as director of public instruction, and finally as a senator.
1830 – Quintana is also remembered for his Plutarchian portraits, Vidas de españoles célebres, 2 vol. (“Lives of Famous Spaniards”), for his highly regarded literary criticism collected in the anthologies Colección de poesías castellanas (“Collected Castilian Poems”) and Musa épica (“Epic Muse”), and also for his few tragedies.
1855 – He was crowned as the national poet by Queen Isabella.
1857 – Died on March 11th in Madrid.