Miguel de Unamuno

September 29, 1864-December 31, 1936

Miguel de Unamuno was a Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright and philosopher. He was born in Bilbao, a port city of Spain. He was the son of Felix de Unamuno and Salomé Jugo. He served as rector of the University of Salamanca for two periods: from 1900 to 1924 and 1930 to 1936, during a time of great social and political upheaval. Unamuno was removed from his two university chairs by the dictator, General Miguel Primo de Rivera in 1924, over the protest of other Spanish intellectuals.

Miguel's father, Felix, was a poet too. Miguel was going to be a priest, but his childhood sweetheart, Concepción Lizárraga, said he shouldn't. They got married in 1891. Miguel started publishing poetry at the age of 40. The book was called Poesias.  After he published this book, he created many more poems.

The Snowfall Is So Silent

The snowfall is so silent,

so slow,bit by bit, with delicacy

it settles down on the earth

and covers over the fields.

The silent snow comes down

white and weightless;

snowfall makes no noise,

falls as forgetting falls,

flake after flake.

It covers the fields gently

while frost attacks them

with its sudden flashes of white;

covers everything with its pure

and silent covering;

not one thing on the ground

anywhere escapes it.

And wherever it falls it stays,

content and gay,

for snow does not slip off

as rain does,

but it stays and sinks in.

The flakes are skyflowers,

pale lilies from the clouds,

that wither on earth.

They come down blossoming

but then so quickly

they are gone;

they bloom only on the peak,

above the mountains,

and make the earth feel heavier

when they die inside.

Snow, delicate snow,

that falls with such lightness

on the head,

on the feelings,

come and cover over the sadness

that lies always in my reason.