Analysis of Has My Heart Gone To Sleep?

Antonio Machado 1875 (Seville) – 1939 (Collioure)



Has my heart gone to sleep?
Have the beehives of my dreams
stopped working, the waterwheel
of the mind run dry,
scoops turning empty,
only shadow inside?

No, my heart is not asleep.
It is awake, wide awake.
Not asleep, not dreaming—
its eyes are opened wide
watching distant signals, listening
on the rim of vast silence.


Scheme AXXXXB AXCBCX
Poetic Form
Metre 111111 101111 11001 10111 11010 10101 1111101 1101101 101110 111101 101010100 1011110
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 320
Words 59
Sentences 6
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6
Lines Amount 12
Letters per line (avg) 21
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 126
Words per stanza (avg) 29
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 23, 2023

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Antonio Machado

Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz, known as Antonio Machado was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the Spanish literary movement known as the Generation of '98. more…

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