Federico García Lorca

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

The Song Of The Barren Orange Tree - Poem by Federico García Lorca

Woodcutter.
Cut my shadow from me.
Free me from the torment
of being without fruit.

Why was I born among mirrors?
Day goes round and round me.
The night copies me
in all its stars.

I want to live without my reflection.
And then let me dream
that ants and thistledown
are my leaves and my parrots.


Comments about The Song Of The Barren Orange Tree by Federico García Lorca

  • Susan Williams (1/4/2018 3:32:00 PM)

    Beautiful and I am thankful that Raymond Antrobus posted his translation of the poem! (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2012 3:59:00 PM)

    That is a horrible translation of a great poem. Here's how I translated it from Spanish.

    Woodcutter
    Chop away my shadow.
    Let me escape the pain of seeing
    Myself with no fruit.

    Why was I born between mirrors?
    Day goes round and round me
    The night mimics me in all of the stars

    I long to live without seeing
    myself. I'll imagine ants
    and flying thistledown
    are my leaves, my birds.

    Woodcutter
    Chop away my shadow.
    Let me escape the pain of seeing
    Myself with no fruit.
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    (9/13/2014 12:32:00 PM)

    Thank you for this great translation, I´m just going through it. Lorca is my favourite poet, unfortunately I can´t speak spanish, so I´m really greatful

    (9/13/2014 12:30:00 PM)

    thank you, that is great translation, it´s going through me right now. Lorca is my favourite poet, unfortunately I can´t speak spanish, so I´m really greatful

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 13, 2011


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