29 June 2012

Mare de Deu del Mont

The square opposite our house is named after the Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer (1845-1902)
One of his poems is about the mountain in SW France (Catalunya Nord) called Canigo´. We went there about a year ago and climbed, almost, to the top.
Last weekend we went back to Sant Nicolau and Helen took us up Mare de Deu del Mont to see the sanctuary on the top and the room where Verdaguer wrote this poem. From there on a clear day you can see the Pyrannees in the distance.

Here he sits, strangely with his back to the Pyranees.

Oh Mare de Déu del Mont,
¿Com tan alta en sou pujada,
en un trono de penyals
dalt al cim d'una muntanya?
¿És per sentir els Angelets,
o per rebre el bes de l'alba

El bes de l'alba - the kiss of dawn!

1 comment:

Vanisha @ Vanishas Life In...Australia said...

There's just something so romantic (and nostalgic) about visiting places where great poets and writers lived and worked.