Pablo de Rokha

Pablo de Rokha (1894–1968), born as Pablo Díaz Loyola, was one of the most important Chilean poets of the twentieth century. Despite his profound influence upon subsequent generations of Latin American poets, he failed to achieve the international fame of his contemporary, Pablo Neruda, with whom he quarrelled fiercely. In 1965, he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura de Chile, deemed by many at the time to be long overdue. He committed suicide at the age of seventy-three.