Poems by Machado by Antonio Machado

Antonio Machado, a school teacher and philosopher and one of Spain’s foremost poets of the twentieth century, writes of the mountains, the skies, the farms and the sentiments of his homeland clearly and without narcissism: “Just as before, I’m interested/in water held in;/ but now water in the living/rock of my chest.” “Machado has vowed not to soar too much; he wants to ‘go down to the hells’ or stick to the ordinary,” Robert Bly writes in his introduction. He brings to the ordinary—to time, to landscape and stony earth, to bean fields and cities, to events and dreams—magical sound that conveys order, penetrating sight and attention. “The poems written while we are awake…are more original and more beautiful, and sometimes more wild than those made from dreams,” Machado said. In the newspapers before and during the Spanish Civil War, he wrote of political and moral issues, and, in 1939, fled from Franco’s army into the Pyrenees, dying in exile a month later. When in 1966 a bronze bust of Machado was to be unveiled in a town here he had taught school, thousands of people came in pilgrimage only to find the Civil Guard with clubs and submachine guns blocking their way. This selection of Machado’s poetry, beautifully translated by Bly, begins with the Spanish master’s first book, Times Alone, Passageways in the House, and Other Poems (1903), and follows his work to the poems published after his death: Poems from the Civil War (written during 1936–1939).

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 33rd on The 100 Best Books of World Literature (ABC.es)

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Border of a Dream: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 451090 $9.39 2013
Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Wesleyan Poetry in Translation) Kindle Edition 693345 $9.39 2011
Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado Hardcover 3328231 $932.59 $124.99
The Landscape of Castile Paperback 10101953 $19.14
Selected Poems of Antonio Machado Kindle Edition 6463190 $1.00 2011
Antonio Machado: Lands of Castile and Other Poems (Aris and Phillips Hispanic Classics) Hardcover 7647669 $84.92 $19.97 2002
Antologia poetica ; Biografia (Libro amigo) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 17370236 $48.49 $16.58
Juan Ramon Jimenez And Antonio Machado: Selected Poems (Penguin modern European poets) Paperback 11636105 $48.73 1974
Border of a Dream: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Spanish and English Edition) Paperback 213934 $15.69 $28.89 2003
Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Wesleyan Poetry in Translation) Paperback 980711 $8.85 $2.95 1983
The Landscape of Castile (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3975104 $5.00 $4.83 2005
Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (English and Spanish Edition) Hardcover 5511155 $214.60 $14.78 1978
Antonio Machado: Selected Poems Hardcover 3535892 $11.81 1982
Landscape of Soria: Poems by Antonio Machado Paperback 10324364 $9.99 1995
4 poemas de Antonio Machado y una tarde de lluvia/ 4 Poems by Antonio Machado and a Rainy Afternoon (Poetas Para Todos/ Poets for Everyone) (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 10014667 $13.23 $4.57 2006
Antonio Machado: Lands of Castile and Other Poems (Aris and Phillips Hispanic Classics) Paperback 7997762 $19.22 $19.16 2002
Antonio Machado: Selected Poems Paperback 590071 $21.25 $3.16 1988