Jose Asuncion Silva
Jose Asuncion Silva Poems
- 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 ...
- Childhood These recollections with the scent of ferns Are ...
- For The Reader's Ear No, that was not passion, It was the ...
- Suspiro (Yearning) Si en tus recuerdos ves algún día entre ...
- The Woodsmen Of San Juan Until sunset! From the dawn! See ...
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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one night all full of murmurings, of perfumes and music of wings;
in which fantastic fireflies burnt in the humid nuptial shadows,
slowly by my side, pressed altogether close, silent and pale,
as if a presentiment of infinite bitternesses
agitated you unto the most hidden fibers of your being,
along the flowering path which crosses the plain
and the full moon
in the infinite and profound blue heavens scattered its white light;
and your shadow,
fine and languid,
and my shadow ...