Sorrow of a poet in Soria.
Favorite thing: The renowned poet Antonio Machado met his young bride when he took up a teaching post in Soria. They left to make a new life in Paris in 1911 but it soon became evident that young Leonor was gravely ill with TB. It was recommended that the purer mountain air of Soria, her home town, would be beneficial so they returned and rented a small house in Paseo de Miron, near the Ermita of that name.
Soon it was necessary for Antonio to devote all his time to her care as she became weaker and weaker. The Parish Priest who had seen this unhappy situation called, offering to help by providing a bed for her at the Ermita. At this very moment Machado realised his beloved Lenore had silently died, and with tears flowing down to his cheeks he thanked the Priest but made the excuse that she preferred the view from her own room - unable to speak of the real reason for his refusal.
Leonor was buried in the churchyard of the Ermita, opposite the hotel that now bears her name - Meson Leonor.
Machado never got over this tragic loss and many of his poems refer to his sorrow, particularly in his best known work Compos de Castilla.
Later he fled Spain when Civil war broke out and spent his last month in Collioure, Languedoc Rousillon, where his grave can be seen in the town cemetery.
Machado in Collioure
History, Culture, Music and Poetry
Favorite thing: Soria has a rich cultural tradition and is sometimes called the city of poets.
The 19th century poet and storyteller Gustave Bécquer was associated with the town and wrote about the folk lore of Castilla y Leon. He had a short and unhappy life and died of TB in 1870.
The Cantabrian poet Gerado Diego also spent time here, as did perhaps the best known of this trio - Antonio Machado - who features in the next General Tip.
A renowned autumn Music Festival is held every year in the town;
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