poet Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de Cervantes
Do you like this poet?
88 person liked.
17 person did not like.

Miguel de Cervantes poems, quotations and biography on Miguel de Cervantes poet page. Read all poems of Miguel de Cervantes and infos about Miguel de Cervantes.

Diego Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra ( 29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus Don Quixote, often considered the first modern novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regularly regarded amongst the best novels ever written. His work is often considered amongst the most important works in all of Western literature. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that Spanish is often called la lengua de Cervantes, Spanish for the language of Cervantes. He has been dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios – The Prince of Wits.

Some of his poems are found in La Galatea. He also wrote Dos Canciones à la Armada ... more »

Add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.

Miguel de Cervantes Quotations

  • '''Tis ill talking of halters in the house of a man that was hanged.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 3 ch. 11 (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.
    30 person liked.
    16 person did not like.
  • ''Tell me thy company, and I'll tell thee what thou art.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 3, ch. 23 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux and J. Ozell. San...
    24 person liked.
    17 person did not like.
  • ''My old grannum (rest her soul) was wont to say, there were but two families in the world, have-much and have-little.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Sancho Panza, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, ch. 20 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.
    23 person liked.
    17 person did not like.
  • ''There's no sauce in the world like hunger.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish author. Teresa Panza (Sancho's wife), in Don Quixote, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux. This wel...
    16 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • ''The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.''
    Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. the Canon, in Don Quixote, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 21 (1605), trans. by P. Motteux.
    12 person liked.
    5 person did not like.

Comments about Miguel de Cervantes

  • cervantes (2/4/2020 12:18:00 PM)

    i love dis dude he is amazing and i love don qoute

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • dsfsvsvds (1/27/2020 7:16:00 AM)

    They were covering their faces from their curious eyes.
    http: //xn- o80b27i69npibp5en0j.zxc700 - 온라인카지노
    http: //xn- oi2b30g3ueowi6mjktg.zxc700 - 바카라사이트
    http: //xn- mp2bs6av7jp7brh74w2jv.zxc700 - 슬롯머신사이트
    http: //xn- ij2bx6j77bo2kdi289c.zxc700 - 블랙잭사이트
    http: //xn- o80b910a26eepc81il5g.zxc700 - 카지노사이트
    http: //xn- o80b67oh5az7z4wcn0j.zxc700 - 모바일카지노
    http: //xn- oi2ba146a24mbtbtvt.zxc700 - 온라인바카라

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Write your comment (1/10/2018 1:05:00 PM)

    - - Write your name - -

    2 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (4/25/2016 8:36:00 AM)


    2016 has been named ''the year of Shakespeare & Cervantes'', since they died 400 years ago (***April 1616) and to underline how much the two writers have in common.

    ***Indeed, they died almost in the same day: both writers were traditionally thought to have died on April 23 (and for this reason this day became World Book Day) .

    67 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/19/2015 12:50:00 PM)

    Miguel de Cervantes - AKA Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

    Born: 29-Sep-1547, in Alcalá de Henares, Spain
    Military service: Spanish Army (1570-75, wounded, sold into slavery)
    Died: 22-Apr-1616, in Madrid
    Cause of death: unspecified
    Remains: Buried, Convento de los Trinitarios, Madrid, Spain

    Father: Rodrigo de Cervantes (surgeon and barber)
    Mother: Leonor de Cortinas
    Brother: Andrés (b.1543)
    Sister: Andrea (b.1544)
    Sister: Luisa (b.1546)
    Brother: Rodrigo (b.1550)
    Sister: Magdalena (b.1554)
    Brother: Juan
    Wife: Catalina de Salazar y Palacios (m.12-Dec-1584, until his death)
    Daughter: Isabel de Saavedra (b.1584, with de Rojas)
    Mistress: Ana Franca de Rojas (affair, one daughter)

    His books:
    Primera Parte de la Galatea (1585, novel)
    El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605, novel)
    Novelas Exemplares (1613, short stories)
    Viage del Parnaso (1614, poetry)
    Segunda Parte del Ingenioso Cavallero Don Quixote de la Mancha (1615, novel)
    Los Trabaios de Persiles y Sigismunda, Historia Setentrional (1617, novel)

    94 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/19/2015 12:44:00 PM)


    The first part of Don Quixote had been reprinted at Madrid in 1608; it had been produced at Brussels in 1607 and 1611, and at Milan in 1610; it had been translated into English in 1612 and into French in 1614. Corvantes was celebrated in and out of Spain, but his celebrity had not brought him wealth. The members of the French special embassy, sent to Madrid in February 1615, under the Commandeur de Sillery, heard with amazement that the author of the Galatea, the Novelas exemplares and Don Quixote was old, a soldier, a gentleman and poor. But his trials were almost at an end. Though failing in health, he worked assiduously at Los Trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda, which, as he had jocosely prophesied in the preface to the second part of Don Quixote, would be either the worst or the best book ever written in our tongue. It is the most carefully written of his prose works, and the least animated or attractive of them; signs of fatigue and of waning powers are unmistakably visible. Cervantes was not destined to see it in print. He was attacked by dropsy, and, on the 18th of April 1616, received the sacrament of extreme unction; next day he wrote the dedication of Persiles y Sigismunda to the count de Lemos - the most moving and gallant of farewells. He died at Madrid in the Calle del León on the 23rd of April; he was borne from his house with his face uncovered, according to the rule of the Tertiaries of St. Francis, and on the 24th of April was buried in the church attached to the convent of the Trinitarian nuns in the Calle de Cantarranas. There he rests - the story of his remains being removed in 1633 to the Calle del Humilladero has no foundation in fact - but the exact position of his grave is unknown. Early in 1617 Persiles y Sigismunda was published, and passed through eight editions within two years; but the interest in it soon died away, and it was not reprinted between 1625 and 1719. Cervantes' wife died without issue on the 31st of October 1626; his natural daughter, who survived both the child of her first marriage and her second husband, died on the 20th of September 1652. Cervantes is represented solely by his works. The Novelas exemplares alone would give him the foremost place among Spanish novelists; Don Quixote entitles him to rank with the greatest writers of all time: children turn its leaves, young people read it, grown men understand it, old folk praise it. It has outlived all changes of literary taste, and is even more popular today than it was centuries ago.

    93 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/19/2015 12:44:00 PM)


    In the preface to the Novelas exemplares Cervantes had announced the speedy appearance of the sequel to Don Quixote which he had vaguely promised at the end of the first part. He was at work on the fifty-ninth chapter of his continuation when he learned that he had been anticipated by Alonso Fernandez de Avellaneda of Tordesillas, whose Segundo tomo del ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote de la Mancha was published at Tarragona in 1614. On the assumption that Fernandez de Avellaneda is a pseudonym, this spurious sequel has been ascribed to the king's confessor, Luis de Aliaga, to Cervantes' old enemy, Blanco de Paz, to his old friend, Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola, to the three great dramatists, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina and Ruiz de Alarcón, to Alonso Fernandez, to Juan José Martí, to Alfonso Lamberto, to Luis de Granada, and probably to others. Some of these attributions are manifestly absurd - for example, Luis de Granada died seventeen years before the first part of Don Quixote was published - and all of them are improbable conjectures; if Avellaneda be not the real name of the author, his identity is still undiscovered. His book is not devoid of literary talent and robust humor, and possibly he began it under the impression that Cervantes was no more likely to finish Don Quixote than to finish the Galatea. He should, however, have abandoned his project on reading the announcement in the preface to the Novelas exemplares; what he actually did was to disgrace himself by writing an insolent preface taunting Cervantes with his physical defects, his moral infirmities, his age, loneliness and experiences in jail. He was too intelligent to imagine that his continuation could hold its own against the authentic sequel, and malignantly avowed his intention of being first in the field and so spoiling Cervantes' market. It is quite possible that Don Quixote might have been left incomplete but for this insulting intrusion; Cervantes was a leisurely writer and was, as he states, engaged on El Engaño à los ojos, Las Semanas del Jardín and El Famoso Bernardo, none of which have been preserved. Avellaneda forced him to concentrate his attention on his masterpiece, and the authentic second part of Don Quixote appeared towards the end of 1615. No book more signally contradicts the maxim, quoted by the Bachelor Carrasco, that no second part was ever good. It is true that the last fourteen chapters are damaged by undignified denunciations of Avellaneda; but, apart from this, the second part of Don Quixote is an improvement on the first. The humor is more subtle and mature; the style is of more even excellence; and the characters of the bachelor and of the physician, Pedro Recio de Agüero, are presented with a more vivid effect than any of the secondary characters in the first part. Cervantes had clearly profited by the criticism of those who objected to the countless cudgellings inflicted on Señor Don Quixote, and to the irrelevant interpolation of extraneous stories in the text. Don Quixote moves through the second part with unruffled dignity; Sancho Panza loses something of his rustic cunning, but he gains in wit, sense and manners. The original conception is unchanged in essentials, but it is more logically developed, and there is a notable progress in construction. Cervantes had grown to love his knight and squire, and he understood his own creations better than at the outset; more completely master of his craft, he wrote his sequel with the unfaltering confidence of a renowned artist bent on sustaining his reputation.

    85 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/19/2015 12:43:00 PM)


    In 1609 he joined the newly founded confraternity of the Slaves of the Most Blessed Sacrament; in 1610 Lemos was appointed viceroy of Naples, and Cervantes was keenly disappointed at not being chosen to accompany his patron. In 1611 he lost his sister Magdalena, who was buried by the charity of the Tertiaries of Saint Francis; in 1612, he joined the Academia Selvaje, and there appears to have renewed his former friendly relations with Lope de Vega; in 1613 he dedicated his Novelas exemplares to the count de Lemos, and disposed of his rights for 1600 reales and twenty-four copies of the book. The twelve tales in this volume, some of them written very much later than others, are of unequal merit, but they contain some of the writer's best work, and the two picaresque stories - Rinconete y Cortadillo and the Coloquio de los perros - are superb examples of their kind, and would alone entitle Cervantes to take rank with the greatest masters of Spanish prose. In 1614 he published the Viage del Parnaso, a burlesque poem suggested by the Viaggio in Parnaso (1582) of the Perugian poet Cesare Caporali. It contains some interesting autobiographical passages, much flattery of contemporary poetasters, and a few happy satirical touches; but, though it is Cervantes' most serious bid for fame as a poet, it has seldom been reprinted, and would probably have been forgotten but for an admirably humorous postscript in prose which is worthy of the author at his best. In the preface to his Ocho comedies y echo entremeses nuevos (1615) he good-humoredly admits that his dramatic works found no favor with managers, and, when this collection was first reprinted (1749) , the editor advanced the fantastic theory that the comedias were deliberate exercises in absurdity, intended to parody the popular dramas of the day. This view cannot be maintained, but a sharp distinction must be drawn between the eight set plays and the eight interludes; with one or two exceptions, the comedias or set plays are unsuccessful experiments in Lope de Vega's manner, while the entremeses or interludes, particularly those in prose, are models of spontaneous gaiety and ingenious wit.

    88 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/19/2015 12:42:00 PM)


    Meanwhile, on the 12th of April 1605, Cervantes authorized his publisher to proceed against the Lisbon booksellers who threatened to introduce their piratical reprints into Castile. By June the citizens of Valladolid already regarded Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as proverbial types. Less gratifying experiences awaited the popular author. On the 27th of June 1605 Gaspar de Ezpeleta, a Navarrese gentleman of dissolute life, was wounded outside the lodging-house in which Cervantes and his family lived; he was taken indoors, was nursed by Cervantes' sister Magdalena, and died on the 29th of June. That same day Cervantes, his natural daughter (Isabel de Saavedra) , his sister Andrea and her daughter were lodged in jail on suspicion of being indirectly concerned in Ezpeleta's death; one of the witnesses made damaging charges against Cervantes' daughter, but no substantial evidence was produced, and the prisoners were released. Little is known of Cervantes' life between 1605 and 1608. A Relación of the festivities held to celebrate the birth of Philip IV, and a certain Carta á don Diego Astudillo Carrillo have been erroneously ascribed to him; during these three years he apparently wrote nothing beyond three sonnets, and one of these is of doubtful authenticity. The depositions of the Valladolid enquiry show that he was living in poverty five months after the appearance of Don Quixote, and the fact that he borrowed 450 reales from his publisher before November 1607 would convey the idea that his position improved slowly, if at all. But it is difficult to reconcile this view of his circumstances with the details concerning his illegitimate daughter revealed in documents discovered centuries later. Isabel de Saavedra was stated to be a spinster when arrested at Valladolid in June 1605; the settlement of her marriage with Luis de Molina in 1608 describes her as the widow of Diego Sanz, as the mother of a daughter eight months old, and as owning house-property of some value. These particulars are perplexing, and the situation is further complicated by the publication of a deed in which Cervantes declares that he himself is the real owner of this house-property, and that his daughter has merely a life-interest in it. This claim may be regarded as a legal fiction; it cannot easily be reconciled with Cervantes' statement towards the end of his life, that he was dependent on the bounty of the count de Lemos and of Bernardo de Sandoval, cardinal-archbishop of Toledo.

    86 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/19/2015 12:40:00 PM)


    The mention of Bernardo de la Vega's Pastor de Iberia shows that the sixth chapter of Don Quixote cannot have been written before 1591. In the prologue Cervantes describes his masterpiece as being just what might be begotten in a jail; on the strength of this passage, it has been thought that he conceived the story, and perhaps began writing it, during one of his terms of imprisonment at Seville between 1597 and 1602. Within a few weeks of its publication at Madrid, three pirated editions of Don Quixote were issued at Lisbon; a second authorized edition, imperfectly revised, was hurried out at Madrid; and another reprint appeared at Valencia with an aprobación dated 18th July 1605. With the exception of Alemán's Guzmán de Alfarache, no Spanish book of the period was more successful. Modern criticism is prone to regard Don Quixote as a symbolic, didactic or controversial work intended to bring about radical reforms in church and state. Such interpretations did not occur to Cervantes' contemporaries, nor to Cervantes himself. There is no reason for rejecting his plain statement that his main object was to ridicule the romances of chivalry, which in their latest developments had become a tissue of tiresome absurdities. It seems clear that his first intention was merely to parody these extravagances in a short story; but as he proceeded the immense possibilities of the subject became more evident to him, and he ended by expanding his work into a brilliant panorama of Spanish society as it existed during the 16th century. Nobles, knights, poets, courtly gentlemen, priests, traders, farmers, barbers, muleteers, scullions and convicts; accomplished ladies, impassioned damsels, Moorish beauties, simple-hearted country-girls and kindly kitchen-wenches of questionable morals - all these are presented with the genial fidelity which comes of sympathetic insight. The immediate vogue of Don Quixote was due chiefly to its variety of incident, to its wealth of comedy bordering on farce, and perhaps also to its keen thrusts at eminent contemporaries; its reticent pathos, its large humanity, and its penetrating criticism of life were less speedily appreciated.

    85 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
Best Poem of Miguel de Cervantes

Bailan Las Gitanas

Bailan las gitanas,
míralas el rey;
la reina, con celos,
mándalas prender.

Por Pascua de Reyes
hicieron al rey
un baile gitano
Belica e Inés.
Turbada Belica,
cayó junto al rey,
y el rey la levanta
de puro cortés;
mas como es Belilla
de tan linda tez,
la reyna, celosa,
mándalas prender.

Read the full of Bailan Las Gitanas