Too late they told me about you

Too late they told me about you: as you already faded away, I became aware of your fleeting presence.

Too late, they told me about you:
Like the footprint of an ancient portrait,
You vaporized in the wind.

Untouched in the chill of the night,
as stubborn condensation
you sleep now,
Inebriated only with yourself.

Your essence lives,
(like a mother-of-pearl shell),
Until the sun rises,
On a pale winter glass.

And I, like a child,
plot a small house,
on what remains
of you.

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“Too late”: how nostalgia drives creative work

Nostalgia evoked by memories and past experiences can significantly influence artistic creation, particularly in poetry. Poets often draw on their feelings of nostalgia to infuse their works with a sense of longing, melancholy, or bittersweet remembrance. A notable example is John Keats’ famous poem “Ode to a Nightingale,” in which the poet reflects on the transience of life and longs for a sense of escape and immortality through the beauty of nature. Keats’ longing for a past that can never be recovered adds a poignant depth to his verses.

Nostalgia, the repetition of
Nostalgia and the repetition of “it’s too late” are feelings that often animate artistic and poetic creations. Between the folds of memories, often altered by memory, lie insights that can give rise to unique creative works.

Similarly, Pablo Neruda’s works, such as “Twenty Love Poems and a Desperate Song,” are imbued with nostalgia for lost love and the passage of time. Neruda’s evocative imagery and emotive language capture the essence of longing and melancholy, resonating with readers profoundly and emotionally. In essence, nostalgia is a powerful muse for poets, inspiring them to create works of art that speak to the universal themes of memory, loss, and the human experience.

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