Before The Dawn Poem by Federico García Lorca

Before The Dawn

Rating: 3.2


But like love
the archers
are blind

Upon the green night,
the piercing saetas
leave traces of warm
lily.

The keel of the moon
breaks through purple clouds
and their quivers
fill with dew.

Ay, but like love
the archers
are blind!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 21 April 2016

Thank you Savita for looking up Saeta and sharing it with us. For me, I was caught up with this image and it is still sailing along in my head and that is a sign of great writing- - - - - - ] The keel of the moon breaks through purple clouds

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Kim Barney 21 April 2016

Garcia Lorca had a unique way with words. Upon the green night, the piercing saetas leave traces of warm lily. A saeta is a dart or an arrow, thus the connection to the archers. I'm still trying to figure out how the arrows could leave traces of warm lily... I also wonder why the translator left the Spanish word saeta in the poem and didn't just translate it. I think that when a poem comes from a foreign language, as this one does, Poem Hunter should tell us who the translator was, so that we can give them the credit (or the blame) .

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Sandra Feldman 21 April 2016

Kim, lirio caliente is lorca's image in this poem that is more of a feeling than an image, lirio cliente, the pure beauty of the flower with the warmth of life and deep feeling. Creo, en poesia nunca se sabe con certitud

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Savita Tyagi 21 April 2016

I looked up Saeta and it refers to Spanish religious song. It invokes great passion. With this definition leaving traces of warmth upon Lily or atmosphere makes sense and connects it with power of love. Hate also invokes same emotions signified by word archer. This is my intake. The poem is beautiful and a pleasure to read.

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Practicing Poetess 29 August 2019

There is an old saying that 'Love is Blind', but that is not a desirable thing for an archer, who must accurately make his mark! A lovely poem from the pen of Federico Garcia Lorca.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 29 August 2020

This is wonderfully illustrated brings peace to mind 10+++

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Mahtab Bangalee 29 August 2020

But like love the archers are blind Upon the green night, the piercing saetas leave traces of warm lily.......it's beautiful loving poem; refer to significance of love poem here crafted many images like arches, green night, piercing seats, kneel of the moon, purple clouds, quivers with dew.... it's imaginative loving poem; pleasure to read this poem

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Khairul Ahsan 29 August 2020

Loved this beautiful poem, the third stanza particulaly! Posthumous congratulations to the poet, on his poem's selection as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!

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Kevin Patrick 29 August 2020

A great metaphor of loves confusing direction, it never aims where you want it to go, but ends up where it must. A poem of wise sentiments.

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Dr Antony Theodore 29 August 2020

The keel of the moon breaks through purple clouds and their quivers fill with dew. very fine poem. t ony

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