FAMOUS POEMS FROM SPAIN: “There is no road” by Antonio Machado”Caminante no hay camino”


Extract of Proverbs and Songs (XXIX)


Traveler , your footsteps

are the road and nothing else;

Wanderer,  there is no road,

The road is made by walking.

By walking one makes the road,

And upon glancing behind

one sees the path that

never will be trod again.

Wanderer,  there is no road

but only wakes in the sea.

by Antonio Machado




Antonio Machado (born July 26, 1875, Sevilla, Spain—died February 22, 1939, Collioure, France), , was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of ’98.  Machado received a doctoral degree in literature in Madrid, attended the Sorbonne, and became a secondary school French teacher. He rejected the modernism of his contemporaries and adopted what he called “eternal poetry,” which was informed more by intuition than by intellect.

Reference: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Antonio-Machado


Extracto de Proverbios y cantares (XXIX)

Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada más;
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace el 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.




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