“Platero and I” by Juan Ramon Jimenez “Platero y yo” For poetry and pet lovers: Excerpt from the most beautiful book for children and the young at heart.

This lyric portrait of life—and the little donkey, Platero—in a remote Andalusian village is the masterpiece of Juan Ramón Jiménez, the Spanish poet awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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“Platero and I”

First chapter

Platero is a small , downy, smooth and hairy donkey: so soft to the touch that he might be said to be made of cotton, appearing to have no bones. Only the jet mirrors of his eyes are hard like two black crystal scarabs.

  I turn him loose, and he goes to the meadow, and, with his nose, he gently caresses the little flowers of rose and blue and gold…. I call him softly, “Platero?” and he comes to me at a gay little trot that is like laughter of a vague, idyllic, tinkling sound…

He eats whatever I give him. He likes mandarin oranges, amber-hued muscatel grapes, purple figs tipped with crystalline drops of honey…

He is as loving and tender as a child, but strong and sturdy as a rock. When on Sundays I ride him through the lanes in the outskirts of the town, slow-moving countrymen, dressed in their Sunday clean, watch him a while, speculatively:

—”He is like steel,” they say.

Steel, yes. Steel and moon silver at the same time.

JRJimenez

Biography
JUAN RAMÓN JIMÉNEZ (1881-1958) was a Spanish poet, a prolific writer who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1956 “for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity”. One of Jiménez’s most important contributions to modern poetry was his advocacy of the French concept of “pure poetry”, well known for “Platero and I”
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Este retrato lírico de la vida y el burrito, Platero, en un remoto pueblo andaluz es la obra maestra de Juan Ramón Jiménez, poeta español galardonado con el Premio Nobel de Literatura de 1956.

“Platero y yo”

Primer capítulo

“Platero es pequeño, peludo, suave; tan blando por fuera, que se diría todo

de algodón, que no lleva huesos. Sólo los espejos de azabache de sus ojos son duros cual dos escarabajos de cristal negro.

Lo dejo suelto y se va al prado, y acaricia tibiamente con su hocico, rozándolas apenas, las florecillas rosas, celestes y gualdas…..

Lo llamo dulcemente: “¿Platero?”, y viene a mí con un trotecillo alegre que parece que se ríe, en no sé qué cascabeleo ideal…

Come cuanto le doy.  Le gustan las naranjas mandarinas, las uvas moscateles, todas de ámbar; los higos morados, con su cristalina gotita de miel….

Es tierno y mimoso igual que un niño,que una niña…; pero fuerte y seco por dentro, como de piedra…

Cuando paso sobre él, los domingos, por las últimas callejas del pueblo, los hombres del campo, vestidos de limpio y despaciosos, se quedan mirándolo:

-Tiene acero… Tiene acero y plata de luna, al mismo tiempo.”

JRJimenez

BIOGRAFÍA
JUAN RAMÓN JIMÉNEZ (1881-1958)
(Moguer, Huelva, 23 de diciembre de 1881San Juan, Puerto Rico, 29 de mayo de 1958) fue un poeta español, ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura en 1956, por el conjunto de su obra, designándose como trabajo destacado de la misma la narración lírica Platero y yo.
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  1. LindaP says:

    How beautiful!

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