Antonio Machado: A Spanish poet you just can’t miss!

Poetry is in the air...by eperales

Poetry is in the air…
by eperales

Antonio Machado was a Spanish poet from the literary movement “La generación del ’98.” His poems were so deep and meaningful that they were turned into songs by Joan Manuel Serrat, a famous Catalán singer. Much like Leonard Cohen, Serrat is a poet himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a frangement of Antonio Machado’s most famous poems. Enjoy! 

Caminante, son tus huellas

el camino, y nada más;

caminante, no hay camino,

se hace camino al andar.

Al andar se hace camino,

y al volver la vista atrás

se ve la senda que nunca

se ha de volver a pisar.

Caminante, no hay camino,

sino estelas en la mar.

 In English:

Wanderer, your footsteps are
the road, and nothing more;
wanderer, there is no road,
the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and upon glancing back
one sees the path
that must never be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road—
Only wakes upon the sea.

Note: Poetry is almost impossible to translate. The words contain a character, a voice, a feeling from a culture that doesn’t translate properly or do it justice. So, if you become proficient enough to read the original, go for it!

Enjoy Joan Manuel Serrat’s sung version: 

 

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