The Generación decapitada
(Spanish for "Beheaded/Decapitated Generation") was a literary group formed by four young Ecuadorian
poets in the first decades of the 20th century. The group comprised two men from the city of Guayaquil
, Medardo Ángel Silva
and Ernesto Noboa y Caamaño
, and two from Quito
, Arturo Borja
and Humberto Fierro
These four writers were greatly influenced by the modernist
movement of Rubén Darío
and by 19th-century French romantic poetry
. They all read this poetry—by Baudelaire
, and Verlaine
—in the original French.
The group is called "decapitada", or decapitated, because each member committed suicide at a young age. Though they knew each other and dedicated poems to each other, they never met together to create a true literary group. The term "generación decapitada" originated in the middle of the 20th century, when Ecuadorian journalists and historians decided to name them, noting similarities in the authors' poetry.
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