Jose Asuncion Silva
Jose Asuncion Silva Poems
- Childhood These recollections with the scent of ferns Are ...
- Nocturne Iii One night one night all full of murmurings, of...
- Dusk The lamp that stands beside the crib Is not yet lighted...
- Chrysalises The little girl, though very ill, Went out one ...
- The Woodsmen Of San Juan Until sunset! From the dawn! See ...
- For The Reader's Ear No, that was not passion, It was the ...
- Suspiro (Yearning) Si en tus recuerdos ves algún día entre ...
Jose Asuncion Silva along with Jose Marti, Julian del Casal, Salvador Diaz Miron, and Manuel Gutierrez Najera first wrote poetry in the modernist vein or Moderniso (Modernist poetry that often created an exotic tapestry and in some of its aspects it represented, like contemporary movements in other literatures, a rejection of the materialist world of the day).
His poems are supposed to be some of the most beautiful in the Spanish language. They are marked by technical innovations, haunting musical tones, and a brooding spirit of pessimism. Reflecting the spirit of European symbolism, they had great influence on Ruben Dario and other modernistas. The best known are Nocturno III, an elegy... more »
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These recollections with the scent of ferns
Are the idyll of early years
(Gregorio Gutierrez González)
Accompanying the hazy memories
Time so generously glorifies,
Returning to a welcoming heart
And flocking like white butterflies,
Come fantasies of happy childhood days.
Blue Beard, Little Red Ridinghood,
Lilliputians and the giant Gulliver,
All of you, floating in the mist of dreams,
Spread your wings, fly,
So I, the happy journeyer
Through storybooks, may summon you
To join with other, beloved characters.
O blessed youth! Eyes ...