Centro Teaching Guides



Clemente Soto Velez: A Revolutionary Poet


Developed by Carmen I. Mercado (revised 03/03/2013)

Clemente Soto-Velez was born in Lares, Puerto Rico in 1905 and attended school on at a time when Puerto Rican children were required to pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States.

  • Clemente co-founded "El Atalaya de los Dioses," which transformed into a revolutionary literary movement known as el Atalayismo connecting the literary world to political action or the written word to social change.  Life experiences inspired Clemente to “strip ignorance of its power”, using the power of the word to awaken critical consciousness.