Darío, a poet and statesman, began the Spanish-American poetic movement known as modernismo, or "modernism," and is still considered one of the greatest writers of the Spanish language. Reflecting on the nature of his country he once wrote,
A través de las páginas fatales de la historia,
Nuestra tierra está hecha de vigor y de gloria,
Nuestra tierra está hecha para la humanidad.
"Through the fatal pages of history,
Our land is made of vigor and glory,
Our land is made for humanity."