The Wind, One Brilliant Day

Antonio Machado 1875 (Seville) – 1939 (Collioure)



The wind, one brilliant day, called
to my soul with an odor of jasmine.

'In return for the odor of my jasmine,
I'd like all the odor of your roses.'

'I have no roses; all the flowers
in my garden are dead.'

'Well then, I'll take the withered petals
and the yellow leaves and the waters of the fountain.'

the wind left.  And I wept.  And I said to myself:
'What have you done with the garden that was entrusted to you?'

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 29, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XA AX XX XA XX
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 417
Words 88
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 2, 2, 2, 2, 2

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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