Dominican writer and poet Pedro Meir, He was born on this day in 1913 in San Pedro de Macorís. He belonged to the independent generation 40, and declared the national poet Dominican Republic by the National Congress in 1984, after it was One of the greatest poets of social poetry Hispanic American for the good of his country and the humble.
The son of a Cuban and a Puerto Rican, Mir studied law at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo Law School, where he worked as a professor for several years.
Six years after graduating from university, he went into exile due to political positions with the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, according to the July 23, 2000 edition of the Cultural Journal, dedicated to the author.
In a report published by the newspaper “Ultima Hora” in the same year, he indicated that Mir extended his pilgrimage between Mexico, Russia, Guatemala and Cuba, He published “There Is a Country in the World” (1949) and other texts such as “Grey’s Poem on Several Occasions” and “Counterchant to Whitman”
Years after the death of the tyrant, he returned from exile and continued to write, but without leaving the classroom aside.
He was married to Cuban Carmina Messigo, with whom he had five children, among whom were Hugo Fernando, Celeste, Pedro and Giardin.
Pedro Mir features
The word artist has won many awards such as 1974 National History Awards. Poetic Yearbook 1975 and Patriotism in Literature 1993 Curipio Foundation.
In 1999 the Ministry of Culture allocated to him the second international book fair. In Santo Domingo, and in 2013, to celebrate the centenary of his birth, the Ninth San Pedro Regional Book Fair 2013 was held in San Pedro de Macorís.
The President of the Republic, Louis Abenader, awarded Post Morten on June 8, 2021 the Order of Christopher Columbus of the rank of Senior Officer to Pedro Mer, by Decree 362-21.
Pedro Mir’s death
According to an article in La Nacion newspaper, Mir was diagnosed with emphysema, A disease he contracted from smoking and could not escape from it. He died at the age of 87, in Santo Domingo on July 1, 2000.
Although 22 years have passed since his death, his work and name remain the same in the Dominican Republic.
Among the places where he was honored are:
– University of Santo Domingo Autonomous Library (UASD)
Cuesta Library Hall in Santo Domingo
Pedro Mer Ecological Park (San Pedro de Macorís)
Don Pedro Mer Lyceum (San Pedro de Macoris)
– Bust in the Parque Tercera República (San Pedro de Macorís)
– Stop for the Santo Domingo metro.