This bilingual edition of the book central to Machado’s work, Campos de Castilla, reflects Machado’s life after he moved to the small town of Soria. Written between 1907 and 1917, the poems address his marriage and the death of his young wife from tuberculosis. Many of the poems were written in response to long walks he took in the countryside, and they capture the essence of the landscape and the people of Castile. Other poems address the postcolonial reality of Spain and give tribute to the writers, thinkers and poets of his country.
Antonio Machado (1875–1939) is regarded as one of the greatest Spanish poets of the 20th century. He was a major force in the “generation of 1898,” which ushered in a new Spanish poetics.