Hail to our Poets: Ruben Dario

Rubén Darío, pseudonym of Félix Rubén García Sarmiento (b. January 18, 1867, Metapa, Nicaragua—d. February 6, 1916, León), influential Nicaraguan poet, journalist, and diplomat. As a leader of the Spanish American literary movement known as Modernismo, which flourished at the end of the 19th century, he revivified and modernized poetry in Spanish on both sides of the Atlantic through his experiments with rhythm, metre, and imagery. Darío developed a highly original poetic style that founded a tradition….

Ruben Dario (Nicaraguan writer) — Britannica Online Encyclopedia

 

NOCTURNE

Silence of the night , a sad, nocturnal
silence–Why does my soul tremble so?
I hear the humming of my blood,
and a soft storm passes through my brain.
Insomnia! Not to be able to sleep, and yet
to dream. I am the autospecimen
of spiritual dissection, the auto-Hamlet!
To dilute my sadness
in the wine of the night
in the marvelous crystal of the dark–
And I ask myself: When will the dawn come?
Someone has closed a door–
Someone has walked past–
The clock has rung three–If only it were She!

 

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