Félix Rubén García Sarmiento (January 18, 1867- February 6, 1916) was a Nicaraguan poet who wrote under the pseudonym of Rubén Darío.
Darío displayed much talent from an early age, even appearing before the President of El Salvador at age 14.
His fundamental collection, Azul (Blue),was published in 1888, and established him as one of the most important spanish language exponents of Modernism. Many Spanish critics consider his death in 1916 to mark the symbolic end of Modernism.
Darío marks an important shift in the relationship between literary europe and hispanoamerica. Before him, hispoanoamerican literary trends had largely followed european trends, however Darío was clearly in the international vangard of the modernist movement.
His poetry brought back vigor to the stale, monotonous poetry of the time.
"My pick is working deep in the soil of this unknown America, turning out gold and opals and precious stones, an altar, a broken statue. And the Muse divines the meaning of the hieroglyphics. The strange life of a vanished people emerges from the mist of time." --Rubén Darío