In the last Anthemology post, I made reference to the militaristic music and belligerent lyrics of the Mexican national anthem. It turns out that this is pretty standard fare in its family of anthems, what nationalanthems.info calls the Latin American epic anthem. Read on for glorious battles and magnificent Edens....Read More
Happy 204th birthday Mexico! In celebration of the occasion, I'm introducing a new series: Anthemology. This series will focus on the roots of and relationships between national anthems the world over, letting us learn about a nation's psyche by the symbols it chooses for itself.
Today we look at Mexico's national anthem, a belligerent, patriotic march written by a love poet and a Spaniard.
After a national lyric-writing contest was announced in 1853, the romantic poet Francisco González Bocanegra was forced to enter by his then-fiancée Guadalupe del Pino. With her parents' help...Read More