Fame The Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875–1939) taught French at the local Instituto in Soria from 1907 to 1912.   Unclaimed by fame, obedient to poetry’s iron law, Machado earned a living teaching in this classroom: chunky wooden desks, a teacher’s table and under glass—photographs, rolls, drafts of poems, a copy of the French textbook of his time. Today the Instituto’s name is his, as are the names of streets and parks and lanes. Towns resurrect him in bronze, cafes hallow corners where he sat, front walls of his homes glow with burnished brass, trains come and go at Metro…

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