Galician: Adiós ríos, adiós fontes-Goodbye Rivers, Goodbye Fountains



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This is a well-known poem by Galician writer Rosalía de Castro (Santiago de Compostela, 1837-Padrón, 1835). The speaker of the poem says goodbye to his homeland, his house, his loved one, before migrating to Latin America. The poetry collection Cantares Gallegos [Galician Songs] was published in Vigo on May 17th, 1863. On the one hundred anniversary of this publication, the Real Academia Gallega [Royal Galician Academy] instituted May 17th as the Dia das letras galegas [Day of Galician Letters] to celebrate literature written in Galician. Rosalía de Castro was the first writer to be honored on May 17th, 1963.

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Vigo, Spain


Language Interpretation and Translation | Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature


Read by Carmela Ferradáns, Professor of Spanish, Illinois Wesleyan University

About the Galician language: Galego is one of five languages spoken in the Iberian Peninsula together with Basque, Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish. Galician is spoken by approximately 2.4 million people mainly in Galicia.

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Castro, Rosalía. Cantares Gallegos. Vigo: J. Companel, 1863.

Galician: Adiós ríos, adiós fontes-Goodbye Rivers, Goodbye Fountains


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