Luis Cernuda was born into a financially comfortable family in Seville in 1909. Perhaps as a result of the very strict discipline imposed by his father, he developed an introverted personality and was a solitary child. He studied Law and Spanish literature at the University of Seville and became active in literary circles around 1925. In 1928 he moved to Madrid, where he became part of the group of Spanish poets known as the Generation of ‘27 (or the Generation of the Republic). Cernuda went into permanent exile after the Spanish Civil War. From 1939 to 1945 he taught literature in Glasgow and Cambridge and, from 1945 to 1947, at the Spanish Institute in London. For the last years of his life, from 1952 to 1963, he lived and taught in the United States and Mexico.