A Spanish poet born in the eastern town of Oliva in 1932, Brines studied both law and the arts.
Brines, whose poems are markedly elegiac in tone, is considered a member of the post-war Generation of the ‘50s along with Claudio Rodríguez and José Ángel Valente.
He has previously worked as a Spanish teaching assistant at the University of Cambridge and professor of Spanish at the University of Oxford. Brines was elected to the Royal Spanish Academy in 2001.
Among his most notable works are Las brasas, Palabras a la oscuridad and El otoño de las rosas.