Jose Asuncion Silva
Jose Asuncion Silva Poems
- Chrysalises The little girl, though very ill, Went out one ...
- Childhood These recollections with the scent of ferns Are ...
- Nocturne Iii One night one night all full of murmurings, of...
- Butterflies In a fragile vase In your chamber are Preserved...
- Dusk The lamp that stands beside the crib Is not yet lighted...
- Suspiro (Yearning) Si en tus recuerdos ves algún día entre ...
- For The Reader's Ear No, that was not passion, It was the ...
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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The little girl, though very ill,
Went out one morning
To wander, with faltering footsteps,
The nearby hill.
She brought back mountain flowers
In which she hid
A chrysalis and, unknowing, set it
Close beside her bed.
A few days later, at the moment
She lay dying,
We all gathered round, our eyes
Red with crying,
And at the instant she departed
The whisper of wings
Was heard, and through the window,
Taking flight, escaping
Into the waiting garden, wafted
A golden butterfly.
Hurriedly, I searched for the insect’s
Now empty ...