Antonio Machado is one of my favorite Spanish poets. He was born in Sevilla in July 1875. He moved to Soria where he married Leonor and worked as a school teacher. Leonor died shortly after and he decided on moving to Baeza in Andalucia – southern Spain. He fight against Franco during our Civil War and this forced him to moved to Collioure (France) where he died in February 1939.
Hills of silver plate,
grey heights, dark red rocks
through which the Duero bends
its crossbow arc
round Soria, shadowed oaks,
stone dry-lands, naked mountains,
white roads and river poplars,
twilights of Soria, warlike and mystical,
today I feel, for you,
in my hearts depths, sadness,
sadness of love! Fields of Soria,
where it seems the stones have dreams,
you go with me! Hills of silver plate,
grey heights, dark red rocks.
“Memory of the Time” exhibit opened up yesterday in Soria at the Centro Cultural Gaya Nuño until February 27th. In this exhibit photos of the landscape, towns and people of Castilla between the year 1890 and 1939 can be seen. Also some photos of Antonio Machado and Leonor Izquierdo the day of their marriage on January 1st, 1910.