Bello, Andrés

▪ Chilean poet and scholar
born Nov. 29, 1781, Caracas
died Oct. 15, 1865, Santiago, Chile
 poet and scholar, regarded as the intellectual father of South America.

      His early reading in the classics, particularly Virgil, influenced his style and theories. At the University of Venezuela in Caracas he studied philosophy, jurisprudence, and medicine. Acquaintanceship with the German naturalist and traveller Alexander von Humboldt (1799) led to the interest in geography so apparent in his later writings. He was a friend and teacher of the South American liberator, Simón Bolívar (Bolívar, Simón), with whom he was sent to London in 1810 on a political mission for the Venezuelan revolutionary junta. Bello elected to stay there for 19 years, acting as secretary to the legations of Chile and Colombia and spending his free time in study, teaching, and journalism.

      Bello's position in literature is secured by his Silvas americanas, two poems, written during his residence in England, which convey the majestic impression of the South American landscape. These were published in London (1826–27) and were originally projected as part of a long, never-finished epic poem, América. The second of the two, Silva a la agricultura de la zona tórrida, is a poetic description of the products of tropical America, extolling the virtues of country life in a manner reminiscent of Virgil. It is one of the best known poems in 19th-century Spanish-American letters. In 1829 he accepted a post in the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, settled in Santiago, and took a prominent part in the intellectual and political life of the city. He was named senator of his adopted country and founded the University of Chile (1843), of which he was rector until his death. Bello was mainly responsible for the Chilean Civil Code, promulgated in 1855, which was also adopted by Colombia and Ecuador and had much the same influence throughout South America as the Code Napoléon in Europe.

      Bello's prose works deal with such varied subjects as law, philosophy, literary criticism, and philology. Of the last, the most important is his Gramática de la lengua castellana (1847; “Grammar of the Spanish Language”), long the leading authority in its field.

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