Why is Amado Nervo Tepic’s prodigal son?

The beautiful city of Tepic is the birthplace of great people who have been crucial in our history, however, few have left such a marked legacy in the soul of Mexicans as the poet Amado Nervo has. Let’s get to know him better!

José Amado Ruiz de Nervo y Ordaz was born in the proud capital of Nayarit on August 27th, 1870, in a well-to-do family. From a young age, he showed a clear interest in literature and his talent was developed throughout his life; In his early years he dedicated one of his verses to his parents:

“I adore my dear mother, I adore my father too;

nobody loves me in life, as they know how to love me.”

(Fragment of “Filial Love”)

With the premature death of his father, he was sent to study at a prestigious religious school in Jacona, Michoacán and later to the Seminary of Zamora where he could not complete his law studies because of the economic difficulties his family faced.

In “The Bachelor”, one of his first literary works, he reflected much of his experiences as a teenager in Michoacan and his name began to sound among the connoisseurs of that time, highlighting his ability with lyrics in both prose and verse.

After returning to his “… feverish coast, fanned by palms and golden dates…”, he moved to Mazatlan to enter the journalism career which catapulted him as a reference writer having a triumphal arrival into Mexico City, where he hobnobbed with the masters of that time such as Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Luis G. Urbina, Justo Sierra and José Martí, as well as meeting one of his closest companions: Rubén Darío.

His undeniable talent and deep intelligence led him to Paris during the World Expo of 1900, becoming associated with the most important literary figures in Europe such as Oscar Wilde, Catulle Mendès, Moréas, Valencia and El Greco. This experience served him for his ascending diplomatic career becoming Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Madrid, Spain.

He lived love in a “universal way” as he called it, towards his parents, his siblings, his teachers, his hometown and those he inhabited, his country, his wife Ana Cecilia Dailliez and stepdaughter Margot, even a great love for his above mentioned colleagues, with whom he shared his passion for the noble art of literature.

Amado Nervo died in Montevideo, Uruguay continuing his work as a diplomat in South America on May 24th, 1919, this being one of the most bitter days for Spanish-American literature, as in each port that his funeral procession landed on his way to Veracruz and the Mexican capital, gathered crowds like never before or after for another writer.

Among his main works in prose are his novels: The bachelor (1895), The soul donor (1899) and The selfless devil (1916); his stories: Passing souls (1906), Them, Fullness, (1918) The balconies (1922) and his essays to Juana de Asbaje (1910) and My philosophies (1912).

Some verses he led to immortality are: Black Pearls (1898), Mystics (1898).

Poems (published in Paris in 1901), The Exodus and The Road Flowers (1902), Heroic Lira (1902), The Inner Gardens (1905), In a Low Voice (1909), Serenity (1912), Elevation (1916), The lotus pond (1919), The divine archer, posthumous poetry (1919) and The immobile beloved, posthumous work regarding its publication (1922).

Museo-Casa Amado Nervo en Tepic, Nayarit.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the magic of his life and work right in his birthplace, the Amado Nervo House-Museum located at number 284 of the central Zacatecas street in our beautiful city that adopted the last name of the greatest Nayarit poet: Tepic of Nervo. We are sure it will leave you with a broken voice.

“…I loved, I was loved, the sun caressed my face.

Life, you owe me nothing! Life, we are in peace! “

(Fragment of “In Peace”, 1916 within “Elevation”)

¡ #QuéLindoEsTepic y todo Nayarit !