The ivory Glorieta de Becquer statue honouring Sevillian poet Gustavo Aldolfo Becquer was sculpted in 1911 by Lorenzo Valera. Located in the Parque Maria Luisa, it depicts the phases of love.
¿Qué es poesía? dices mientras clavas
en mi pupila tu pupila azul.
¿Qué es poesía? ¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía... eres tú.
What is poetry? you say while piercing
into my pupil your blue pupil.
What is poetry? And you ask me?
Poetry... is you.
- from Gustavo Becquer's book Rimas y Leyenas
Becquer, born in 1836 in Sevilla, died in 1870 in Madrid of pneumonia and liver complications. His real name was Gustavo Adolfo Dominguez Bastida. Like his brother, the painter Valeriano Becquer, he adopted the second last name of his Flemish father. The brothers were orphaned at an early age.
After Becquer's death, his friends published his works. A short story writer, as well as a poet, today Becquer is considered the founder of Spanish lyricism. His most famous work Rimas y Leyenas (Rhymes & Legends) is part of the Spanish school curriculum.