Hernández

Hernández

[er-nahn-des]
Hernández. For some Spaniards thus named, use Fernández.
Hernández, José, 1834-86, Argentine poet, journalist, and soldier. Hernández lived in the pampas as a child. He was the author of the national classic of gaucho literature, Martín Fierro (1872), and its sequel, La vuelta de Martín Fierro [the return of Martin Fierro] (1879, tr. 1936, 1948). The poem, written in colorful dialect, recounts the adventures of a wandering soldier-minstrel and glorifies the vanishing free life of the gaucho in the solitude of the Pampa.
Hernández, Miguel, 1910-42, Spanish poet, b. Orihuela. A completely self-taught writer, he absorbed the influence of the poets of the Golden Age and of the generation of García Lorca. His poetry, both tender and vigorous, reflects his own experience with war, death, and social injustice. His works include Cancionero y romancero de ausencias (1939; tr. Songbook of Absences, 1972).
Hernández is a Spanish surname that came into common use around the 15th century. Originally a patronymic, it means son of Hernán or sometimes son of the traveler .

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