Las tierras, las tierras, las tierras de España,

Rafael Alberti was a contemporary of Federico Garcia Lorca in the first third of the twentieth century, at least until Lorca was executed by the nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 (Alberti managed to escape from Spain and lived many years in South America). Anyway, it feels that this poem could have been written by either one of these poets, with the theme of the horse galloping headlong across the country, symbolizing the country of Spain running full tilt, mindlessly, towards disaster. Just as the country will end up torn, divided and mortally wounded, the horse, with death in its saddle and nobody to stop it, will end up plunging into the sea. Lorca also included themes of horses in a number of his poems. I don’t know quite when this poem was written either, but its sense of urgency and despair point to the period in the early 1930s when violence and unreconcilable political differences were already beginning to set Spain on the course of confrontation which would end up in Franco’s bloody uprising and ultimate victory. And then 40 years of repression and depression from which the country is only now still recovering.

 
 GALOPE

Las tierras, las tierras, las tierras de España,
las grandes, las solas, desiertas llanuras.
Galopa, caballo cuatralbo,
jinete del pueblo,
al sol y a la luna.
¡A galopar,
a galopar,
hasta enterrarlos en el mar!
A corazón suenan, resuenan, resuenan
las tierras de España, en las herraduras.
Galopa, jinete del pueblo,
caballo cuatralbo,
caballo de espuma.
¡A galopar,
a galopar,
hasta enterrarlos en el mar!
Nadie, nadie, nadie, que enfrente no hay nadie;
que es nadie la muerte si va en tu montura.
Galopa, caballo cuatralbo,
jinete del pueblo,
que la tierra es tuya.
¡A galopar,
a galopar,
hasta enterrarlos en el mar!

 
From <http://www.poesi.as/ragalopa.htm&gt;

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