Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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Biographical Data

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p. ix

Principal Publications

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p. xi

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Part I: Fables, Elegies, and Things of the Earth

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p. 1

Human beings forget their occupations and their limits; they let the sorrow and the joy the earth gave them drop away like shameful things melting into the water, things that exist only on the earth’s crust. Whatever part is circumstantial, whatever is a product of time and place, spreads open over the marvelous sea.We are only naked essence, man...

El mar / The Sea

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pp. 3-4

La cebra / The Zebra

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p. 5

El faisán dorado / The Golden Pheasant

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pp. 7-9

La harina / Flour

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pp. 10-11

Elogio de la sal / In Praise of Salt

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p. 12

El higo / The Fig

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p. 13

La piña / The Pineapple

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p. 14

La tortuga / The Tortoise

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p. 15

Pan / Bread

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p. 17

La jirafa / The Giraffe

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pp. 18-19

La alpaca / The Alpaca

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pp. 20-21

El girasol / The Sunflower

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p. 22

Elogio del cristal / In Praise of Glass

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pp. 23-25

Elogio de la arena / In Praise of Sand

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pp. 26-28

Segundo elogio de la arena / Second Praise-Song for the Sand

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p. 29

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Part II: Prose and Prose-Poems from Desolación/Desolation

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p. 31

Teacher, make my eagerness long-lasting and my disappointment brief. Take from me this impure desire for justification that still troubles me, this petty whiff of complaint that arises in me when they hurt me. Let me not be hurt by the incomprehension or saddened by the forgetfulness of the girls I have taught...

La oración de la maestra / The Teacher's Prayer

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pp. 33-35

Los cabellos de los niños / Children's Hair

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p. 36

Poemas de las madres / Poems of the Mothers

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pp. 37-48

Poemas de la madre / Poems of the Saddest

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pp. 49-52

Canciones de cuna / Lullabies

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pp. 53-55

Motivos del barro / Motifs of Clay

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pp. 56-66

La flor de cuatro pétalos / The Four-Petaled Flower

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pp. 67-68

Poemas del éxtasis / Poems of Ecstasy

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pp. 69-74

El arte / Art

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pp. 75-78

Decálogo del artista / Decalogue of the Artist

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pp. 79-80

Comentarios a poemas de Rabindranath Tagore / Commentary on Poems by Rabindranath Tagore

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pp. 81-84

Lecturas espirituales / Spiritual Readings

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pp. 85-91

Motivos de la Pasión / Motifs of the Passion

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pp. 92-95

Poemas del hogar

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pp. 96-100

Prosa escolar/Cuentos escolares / Por qué las cañas son

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pp. 101-103

Scholarly Prose/Stories for Schools / Why Bamboo Canes

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pp. 103-105

Por qué las rosas tienen espinas / Why Roses Have Thorns

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pp. 105-110

La raíz del rosal / The Root of the Rosebush

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pp. 110-112

El cardo / The Thistle

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pp. 112-115

La charca / The Puddle

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pp. 115-117

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Part III: Lyrical Biographies

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p. 118

You’d come from Provence and traveled down into the valleys of Umbria. In youth, the gusty winds of your country had drummed at you; you’d walked through its biblical olive grove and vineyards. You’d carry a pitcher on your shoulders, like those women I watch descending from the lake, an amphora rubbing against their cheeks, shaped...

Canto a San Francisco / Songs to Saint Francis

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pp. 121-136

Silueta de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz / Profile fo Sor Juana Ines de las Cruz

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pp. 137-144

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Part IV: Literary Essays, Journalism, ‘Messages’’

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p. 145

‘‘I’ve dreamed of a ship as big as our house, and it was mine. Its engines roared, carrying it fast across masses of water. The sailors sang on the deck, thrilled by the salty scented wind. On this magnificent ship I traveled, carrying what’s most valuable in the alliance of earth and light. There were precious woods from the tropics, perfumed...

Decir el sueño / To Declare the Dream

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pp. 147-151

Pensamientos pedagógicos / Thoughts on Teaching

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pp. 152-156

Silueta de la india mexicana / Profile of the Mexican

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pp. 157-160

Chile / Chile

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pp. 161-164

Un hombre de México: Alfonso Reyes / A Man of Mexico: Alfonso

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pp. 165-168

Alfonsina Storni / Alfonsina Storni

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pp. 169-173

Invitación a la lectura de Rainer María Rilke / An Invitation to Read

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pp. 174-181

Si Napoleón no hubiese existido / If Napoleon Had Never

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pp. 182-188

José Martí / José Martí

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pp. 189-196

Recado sobre Pablo Neruda / A Message about Pablo

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pp. 197-204

Como escribo / How I Write

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pp. 205-208

Sobre cuatro sorbos de agua / On Four Sips of Water

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pp. 209-222

La palabra maldita / The Forbidden Word

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pp. 223-227

Mis ideas sociales / My Social Beliefs

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pp. 228-233

Translator's Remarks

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pp. 235-246

Index of Titles

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pp. 247-248