Selected Poems by Antonio Machado

Machado, Antonio (1875–1939), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Antonio Machado (1875–1939) was a significant Spanish poet, a member of the Generation of ’98. His poetry is marked by introspective lyricism and a profound sense of contemplation. In Proverbios y cantares (I), he delves into philosophical reflections on life, while Yo voy soñando caminos (XI) evokes the journey of self and aspiration. His verse often contemplates the transient nature of existence, epitomised in Y ha de morir contigo el mundo mago (LXXVIII), expressing the cessation of wonder with the individual’s end. Eres tú, Guadarrama, viejo, amigo (CIV) pays homage to the Guadarrama mountains, symbolising timeless resilience. The Fields of Soria (CXIII) and The Crime Was In Granada (LIII) reflect his engagement with the landscapes and historical events of Spain, the latter responding to the execution of Federico García Lorca. Machado’s work is a cornerstone of early 20th-century Spanish literature, embodying philosophical depth and emotional gravity.

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Kline, A. S.

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