Joaquim Folguera (Colònia Güell, Santa Coloma de Cervelló, 1893 – Barcelona,1919) is one of the most noteworthy writers from the grand avant-garde period of Catalan literature. As a poet he composed work in a Symbolist style that he acquired in his wide readings and by his work as a translator of international poetry.
He was the founder of La Revista, a journal where a good number of the best Catalan writers from the turn of the 20th Century were to be found, Josep Maria López-Picó amongst them. Using the publishing arm of his magazine, Folguera issued forth avant-garde essays and established the parameters for Noucentista poetry in his best-remembered book, Les noves valors de la poesia catalana (The New Values of Catalan Poetry – 1919).
A serious illness prematurely ended to his life, but it did not stop him from becoming one of the most important intellectuals during an era of cultural renewal that established the basis for the best Catalan poetry of all time.
Web page: Xulio Ricardo Trigo for AELC.
Translation: Julie Wark.