Antonio Machado / Edition 1

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Regarded by many as the finest poet of twentieth-century Spain, Antonio Machado y Ruiz (1875-1939) is not well known outside the Spanish-speaking world. This volume will introduce him to Anglo-American readers, enabling them to experience at first hand the subtle nuances of his verse. Some two hundred fifty poems in Spanish, drawn from Machado's entire oeuvre, are accompanied on facing pages by sensitive and beautifully fluent translations which render the originals accessible to the mind and the ear.

Mr. Trueblood annotates the individual poems, placing them in context and illuminating their allusions and undertones. In addition, he provides a substantial biographical and critical Introduction. This gives an overview of Machado's life, as a poet and teacher and wide-ranging commentator on cultural, political, and social affairs. (Forced into exile at the end of the Civil War, he crossed the Pyrenees on foot and died a month later.) The Introduction also discusses the qualities of Machado's predominantly quiet and reflective verse, as well as the development of the thought of this major poet.

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Editorial Reviews

The Literary Review
Antonio Machado (1875-1939) [is] regarded in Spain as the greatest Spanish poet of the century. Trueblood's volume...can only serve to win readers for one of the greatest of European poets.
Times Literary Supplement
Trueblood's discriminating anthology, with its very readable and resourceful English renderings facing the Spanish text, and its lightly handled the best initiation into the poetic legacy of Machado for the general reader.
New York Times Book Review
Trueblood...makes [the poems] breathe with the same laconic power they have in Spanish. It is no small accomplishment that he has been able to keep his English so wind-swept.
Modern Language Journal
A magnificent volume.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674040663
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,481,588
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan S. Trueblood, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University, is the author of Experience and Artistic Expression in Lope de Vega.
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Table of Contents


Selected Poems

1. En el entierro de an amigo

At the Burial of a Friend

2.Fue una clara tarde, triste y soñolienta

The clear afternoon was drowsy and sad

3.El limonero languido suspende

Listless the lemon tree suspends

4.Yo escucho los cantos

I follow the songs

5.Yo voy soñando caminos

I dream my way



7.Sobre la tierra amarga

Upon the bitter land

8.S Crece en la plaza en sombra

Moss grows in the shadows of the square

9. Al borde del sendero un dia nos sentamos

We settle down one day beside the path

10. Oh, dime, noche amiga, amada vieja

Oh tell me, friendly night, so long beloved

11. La noria

The Waterwheel

12. El cadalso

The Gallows

13. Las moscas


14. Glosa


15. Anoche cuando dormia

Last night I had a dream

16. Mi corazon se ha dormido?

Has my heart gone to sleep?

17. Desgarrada la nube; el arco iris

A rent in the clouds

18. Y era el demonio de mi sueño, el angel

And the devil in my dream

19. Oh tarde luminosa!

Oh lightstruck evening!

20. Es una tarde cenicienta y mustia

This withered, ashen afternoon

21 .Y ha de morir contigo el mundo mago

And is the magic world to die with you

22 .Tal vez la mano, en sueños

Idling once in a dream

23.Y podrás conocerte, recordando

And you can know yourself if you'll recall

24. Retrato


25. A orillas del Duero

Along the Duero

26.El Dios ibero

The Iberian God

27. Orillas del Duero

Along the Duero

28. Eres tu Guadarrama, viejo amigo

Guadarrama, is it you, old friend

29. Carnpos de Soria

The Soria Country

30.En estos campos de la tierra mia

Back in the landscape of my native soil

31. A José Maria Palacio

To Jose Maria Palacio

32 .Forma de un dia. Meditaciones rurales

One Days Poem. Rural Reflections

33.Los olivos

The Olive Trees

34.Proverbios y cantares

Proverbs and Song-Verse

35 .Parabolas


36.A don Francisco Giner de los Rios

To Don Francisco Giner de los Rios

37. Apuntes


38. Galerias


39. Canciones de tierras alias

Highland Songs

40. Canciones


41. Proverbios y cantares

Proverbs and Song-Verse

42.Los ojos

The Eyes

43.Esto sone

This Was My Dream

44 .Al escultor Emiliano Barral

To the Sculptor Emiliano Barral

45. Los sue-os dialogados

Dreams in Dialogue

46. De mi cartera

From My Portfolio

47. Sonetos


48. Viejas canciones

Old Songs

49. Rosa de fuego

The Flaming Rose

50. Al gran Cero

To the Great Nought

51. Ultimas lamentaciones de Abel Martin

Last Lamentations of Abel Martin

52. Siesta. En memoria de Abel Martin

Siesta. In Memory of Abel Martin

53. Recuerdos de sueflo, fiebre y duermivela

Memories of Dreaming, Fever, and Dozing

54. Canciones a Guiomar

Songs for Guiomar

55. Otras canciones a Guiomar

Other Songs for Guiomar

56. Muerte de Abel Martin

The Death of Abel Martin

57.Otro clima

Another Climate

58. En donde, sobre piedra aborrascada

Where have I seen you, heaped

59.Otras coplas

Further Lines

60.Apunte de sierra

Mountain Note

61 .Recuerdo infantil (de Juan de Mairena)

Childhood Memory (of Juan de Mairena)

62. El poeta recuerda las tierras de Soria

The Poet Remembers the Soria Country

63. Meditacion


64. El crimen far en Granada

The Crime Was in Granada

Notes to the Introduction

Notes to the Poems

Key to Poem Numbers

Index of First Lines

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