28 November, 2016

MONDAY POEM: THE MOON by Jorge Luis Borges

Happy Monday dear readers, today we are moving from Chile to Argentina, where we shall meet one of the greatest modern poets every to walk this earth and write!

Today we are reading:


Let's get to know Jorge Luis Borges:
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986), was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion. His international reputation bloomed in the 1960s, that lead to his works being available in English. He became blind by the age of 55, and since he never learned braille, he became unable to read. Scholars have suggested that his blindness helped him to create innovative literary symbols through imagination.

The Moon

There is such solitude in that gold.
The moon of these nights is not the moon
The first Adam saw. Long centuries
Of human vigil have filled her with
An old lament. See. She is your mirror.

Isn't it just beautiful? That is the exact same feelings I get whenever I look at the moon. From an early age I was drawn to it, to the mystery of the moon and the stories it must hold! Such a beautiful poem comparing the moon to a woman.

Also a fun fact, in English and pretty much all other languages the moon is considered to be a She (a female). However, in Lithuanian (my native language) the moon is - man. We are all so different, just a thought I leave you with :)

What did you think of THE MOON?