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Her first major collection of poetry was published in the United States in under the title Desolacion. The sonnets of this volume, among her very best, evoke her passion for a young lover and her anguish at his suicide.
Critics consider her collection Tala Felling of Trees , published in Buenos Aires in , her best work. Mistral's translated collections are now out of print in the United States.
Anti-imperialism and a feminist rebellion against a masculine society are among the main themes of Mistral's poetry, but lovephysical, religious, humanitarian, and maternalwas her primary subject; an unhappy personal life provided the source of much of her poetic drive.
Much of Mistral's time and energy was dedicated to the children of the world; she was an energetic spokesperson for them and was responsible for the foundation of schools throughout Latin America. On the invitation of the Mexican government, she reorganized that country's school system in the s, and she represented Chile in various posts at the League of Nations, the United Nations, and as a member of the consular service.
She was one of Eleanor Roosevelt's many friends in the international community of women's issues. Gabriela Mistral. Lagar Editorial Andres Bello.
In she became the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature , "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world". Some central themes in her poems are nature, betrayal, love, a mother's love, sorrow and recovery, travel, and Latin American identity as formed from a mixture of Native American and European influences. Her portrait also appears on the 5, Chilean peso bank note. She respected her sister greatly, despite the many financial problems that Emelina brought her in later years. He abandoned the family before she was three years old, and died, long since estranged from the family, in Throughout her early years she was never far from poverty. In , Mistral met Romelio Ureta, her first love, who killed himself in