Treasure Island

Federico García Lorca

(5 June 1898 – 19 August 1936 / Fuente Vaqueros)

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City That Does Not Sleep


In the sky there is nobody asleep. Nobody, nobody.
Nobody is asleep.
The creatures of the moon sniff and prowl about their cabins.
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  • Mackenzie Yates (1/5/2014 5:45:00 PM)

    I'm throwing in the idea that maybe Federico Garcia Lorca, considering his rebellious liberal views, constructed this poem to warn a certain political party or group of followers. He's telling them to not sleep, or be unaware, because there is still danger of prosecution in their wake. Evidence for this includes the fact that he says Does Not Sleep rather than Doesnt which implies that it's an order and not just a fluffy poem. Also, lines 25-29 (One day, The horses will live in saloons...) suggests an attack plan to followers in a code that uses animals as code names. Just a thought. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Loomes (10/1/2013 7:11:00 AM)

    The city is in Lorca's mind, where he was condemned to wander endlessly without sleep; poet's notebook in hand (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (10/1/2013 6:17:00 AM)

    This poem arouses a restless storm...but then nothing ever sleeps in the universe...everything changes and evolving... (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (10/1/2012 3:13:00 AM)

    slightly confusing for me... i can only assume he is comparing humans to creatures as he sees that they are not happy comfortable and behaving in a fitting manor, it sounds much like a hieronymus Bosch painting.... Hell on earth maybe....tyvm karen (Report) Reply

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