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Antonio Machado in Segovia, a committed poet


Antonio Machado, Segovia

When talking about Segovia, the image that we all have in mind is its imposing Roman aqueduct. Few people know that the great poet and writer Antonio Machado spent 12 years in this city. As we think it is important, in the tourist route of www.spain-walkingtours.com we have added the house of the museum as a place of interest.


Machado is world famous for his work and poetry, especially known for his poem "Walker there is no path, the path is made by walking" which has been covered in famous songs such as Joan Manuel Serrat's.


His house-museum in Segovia is a modest house, with a patio and a garden, and inside the primitive iron kitchen, the common dining room and Machado's room, with its original furniture and the oil stove that he gave him as a gift. his brother to overcome the cold winters of Segovia.


Machado arrived in Segovia in 1919 to occupy the chair of French at the General and Technical Institute, in that institute he became vice-rector. In this city the poet finds a dynamic intellectual environment, aligned with his interests and very socially committed.


Arriving in Segovia, Machado joined a group of intellectuals who were setting up the Popular University of Segovia. This University was a novel experience, dedicated to educating the most disadvantaged social classes that had no access to education or culture. To this end, free courses were given at night that could be combined with work.


In 1920, the poet began to work in various journalistic media, the magazine "La Pluma" founded by Manuel Azaña, and also in the newspaper "El Sol" and collaborates with "La Revista de Occidente" founded by the intellectual José Ortega. and Gasset.


That time was years of political tension in Spain and Machado was involved in initiatives that pursued the defense of rights and freedoms, in 1922 together with Unamuno, he signed the Manifesto of the Spanish League for the Defense of Human Rights, in 1926 he signed the manifesto of the Republican Alliance against the monarchy, and in 1931 together with Ortega y Gasset and Gregorio Marañón, presided over the meeting of the republican campaign in Segovia. On April 14, 1931, when the Republic was proclaimed, he hoisted the flag of the republic in the Segovia town hall.


In 1932 Machado moved to Madrid and at the end of the civil war, in 1939 the poet had to flee to France with his mother, where they both died a few days after arriving.

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