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Last Night As I Was Sleeping By Antonio Machado Version by Robert Bly Antonio Machados Last Night As I Was Sleeping in a literal sense is a poem depicting one mans dreams throughout the night However upon a closer examination of the literature one will find the poem to be more an expression of the deeper current of life often only experienced at night through ones own dreams Furthermore the poem hopes to awaken the reader to this current in hopes of bringing about a change in the way we view reality Metaphor imagery and repeated themes are used throughout the poem with the ultimate intent of awakening the human spirit to itself Where do we go when we sleep and for what purpose do we sleep This is the illustrious idea posed by Last Night As I Was Sleeping Antonio Machado suggests that perhaps our true life is that of the one experienced in our unconscious state of sleep Machado uses metaphors and symbols to reveal the experiences of the dreams to that of the conscious life The first stanza speaks of a spring that was breaking out in my heart 3-4 This water of life is not literally the leakage of water from ones heart but instead a traditional metaphor for the rebirth and baptism into a new life This water is washing away old habitual doubt and fears that have gathered over a lifetime so that we can be reborn into life The secret aqueduct 5 which carries the water suggests that the spring is not in your own heart but is carried there by some unknown source God The second and third stanzas repeat these metaphors between dreams and life The second stanza is particularly
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