Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"Everything and Nothing" by Jorge Luis Borges

Borges, Jorge Luis. "Everything and Nothing." Selected Poems. Ed. Alexander Coleman. New York: Viking, 1999. 86-89.

Remember back when Jorge Luis Borges was all the rage? He came into my spheres in the 1990s (roughly), and it seemed like everyone had a favorite piece.

I'm not sure I ever had a favorite at the time, but I'm fond of this poem / prose poem. As you no doubt suspect, it has to do with Shakespeare. But, without any commentary, I'm giving you the whole thing—in Spanish as well as in English—for your enjoyment and edification.

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