Born with the name of Lucila de María del Perpetuo Socorro Godoy Alcayaga, Gabriela Mistral (7 April 1889 10 January 1957) was a Chilean poet. She was the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945.
Struggling with poverty, she worried about the education in her country, so she worked hard to be accepted as a teacher. Later she became a principal, not only in her country but also in Mexico.
After retiring from the educative labor, she became a representative of Chile in other countries, in which she worked until her death.
Her poems are almost all about death, grief, sorrow and anguish, but there are some uplifting ones too.