Portrait of poet Rafael Alberti
Portrait of the great Spanish poet Rafael Alberti on the occasion of his 92nd birthday, and report from his home in the El Puerto de Santa Maria foundation in Andalusia.
Through his work and his political engagement, the Spanish poet Rafael Alberti (1902-1999) left his mark on the twentieth century, where he had mixed the greatest figures, from Aragon in Neruda, to Picasso in Allende, to Garcia Lorca in Buñuel.
Painter first, before becoming one of the most famous poets of the Generation of 27, awarded from his first piece (Sailor on Dry Land, 1925) to the prestigious National Poetry Prize, he was more and more influenced by Surrealism (Concerning the Angels, 1929), contemporary of his political engagement, and social poetry (Poet in the Street, 1938), before the Civil War and 38 years of Argentinean and Italian exile disrupted his work and his destiny. Faithful to his Marxist engagement, friend of Fidel Castro, he became a symbol of anti-fascism and on his return in 1977 was elected communist deputy of Cadix, before renouncing all political responsibilities to dedicate himself to poetry.
Laureate in 1983 of the Cervantes prize, he continued to exert an influence from his birth down in Cadix Bay, of which he had often spoken nostalgically, until his death, on the aesthetics and ideology of poets and contemporary Spanish intellectuals.