By Antonio Machado
Antonio Machado (1875–1939) is Spain’s grasp poet, the explorer of dream and panorama, and of attention under language. largely considered as the best 20th century poet who wrote in Spanish, Machado—like his modern Rilke—is intensely introspective and meditative. during this assortment, the extraordinary translator Willis Barnstone, returns to the poet with whom he first began his distinctive profession, supplying a brand new bilingual version which supplies a sweeping evaluate of Machado’s paintings. furthermore, Border of a Dream contains a memory by means of Nobel Laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez and a foreword via John Dos Passos.
from "Proverbs and Songs"
Absolute religion. We neither are nor will be.
Our entire lifestyles is borrowed
We introduced not anything. With not anything we leave.
You say not anything is created?
Don’t fear. With clay
of the earth make a cup
so your brother can drink.
Born close to Seville, Spain, Antonio Machado grew to become to a occupation in writing and translating as a way to support aid his relations after the dying of his father in 1893. His turning out to be attractiveness as a poet ended in educating posts in a variety of towns in Spain and, finally, he back to complete his measure from the college of Madrid in 1918. He remained in Madrid after the outbreak of civil battle, devoted to the Republican reason, however the violence eventually pressured him to escape. He died an exile in France.
Willis Barnstone is certainly one of America’s best translator-poets, bringing into English a unprecedented diversity of labor, from Mao Tse-tung to the hot testomony.
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