Antonio Machado

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Wanderer, your footprints are
the path, and nothing else

Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz (26 July 187522 February 1939), known as Antonio Machado, was a Spanish poet and one of the leading figures of the literary movement known as the Generation of '98.


  • Caminante, son tus huellas
    el camino, y nada más;
    caminante, no hay camino,
    se hace camino al andar.
    Al andar se hace camino,
    y al volver la vista atrás
    se ve la senda que nunca
    se ha de volver a pisar.
    Caminante, no hay camino,
    sino estelas en la mar.
    • Wanderer, your footprints are
      the path, and nothing else;
      wanderer, there is no path,
      the path is made by walking.
      Walking makes the path,
      and on glancing back
      one sees the path
      that must never be trod again.
      Wanderer, there is no path—
      Just your wake in the sea.
      • "Proverbios y cantares XXIX" [Proverbs and Songs 29], Poesías Completas (1917); trans. Betty Jean Craige in Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Louisiana State University Press, 1979)
  • "Estos días azules y este sol de infancia"
    • "These blue days and this sun of childhood". It was his last verse, found on his jacket after he died. It always appears at the end of all publications of his works.
    • Bookrags wiki

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