Selected Poems of Antonio Machado
Publication Year: 1983
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Wesleyan Poetry in Translation
A FEW NOTES ON ANTONIO MACHADO
From Times Alone, Passageways in the House, and Other Poems (Soldedades, Galerias y Otros Poemas)
ANTONIO MACHADO wrote some of his dream poems in his first book, Soledades, in 1899; Freud published his Interpretation of Dreams the same year. Machado independently makes dreams a primary subject of his poems, descends into them, looks to them for guidance, goes downward, farther and farther until he finds water. The water he has found makes Soledades refreshing. One could say that "the world"...
From The Countryside of Castile (Campos de Castillo)
"ONLY IN lazy moments does a poet concentrate on interpreting his dreams, and picking things out of them he can use in his poems. Dream study has not yet produced anything of importance in poetry. The poems written while we are awake, even those less successful, are more original and more beautiful, and sometimes more wild than those made from our dreams. I can say this because I spent many years of...
From New Poems (Nuevas Canciones) and The Collected Works of a Poet Who Never Lived (De un cancionero ap
ANTONIO MACHADO published his third book, Nuevas canciones (New Poems), in 1930. Eighteen years had passed since the first version of Campos de Castilla, and thirteen years since the enlarged edition. Such patience! Some of those years he spent in Baeza, and then, until 1932, in Segovia. The small room he occupied is still there; his old landlady showed it to me a few years ago. ...
AFTERWORD: AN HOMAGE TO MACHADO IN 1966
A DAY set aside to honor Antonio Machado, the great Spanish poet who died in exile in southern France in 1939, had been announced for the 20th of February 1966. The homage, notice of which was given all government bureaus concerned, was to consist of the unveiling of a monument to Machado—a bronze head made by the sculptor Pablo Serrono. ...