its true by federico garcia lorca

it was a surprise to hear this moving and poignant poem recited at the end of the recent ‘Call the Midwife’ episode – such beautiful words.

It’s True
Ay, the pain it costs me
to love you as I love you!

For love of you, the air, it hurts,
and my heart,
and my hat, they hurt me.

Who would buy it from me,
this ribbon I am holding,
and this sadness of cotton,
white, for making handkerchiefs with?

Ay, the pain it costs me
to love you as I love you!

Federico Garcia Lorca

Lorca was renowned for using symbols in his writings – here are a few that he used often and their meanings.

The moon: it’s the most common symbol in Lorca’s works. It often means death, but it can also signify erotism, fertility, sterility or beauty.
Water: running water means life, vitality, but still water means death.
Blood: represents life, but spilled blood means death. It also symbolizes fertility and sex.
The horse (and its rider): quite frequent in Lorca’s texts, it’s related to death, life and men’s erotism.
Grasses: signify death.
Metals: their dominant meaning is death. Metals always appear as weapons, which always bring tragedy.


11 thoughts on “its true by federico garcia lorca

  1. I saw that also…very moving. I also got a shock on Sunday as the opening credits showed the road I was born in! I burst into tears as the line of children walking towards chapel market included one of my sisters!! Our phones went into meltdown on Sunday! Loving Harriet Walters also! xxx

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  2. Thank you for this! I was blown away by the poem on Call the Midwife and weeping, I must confess I’m not having heard of this poet!


    1. Oh Lord, what you have missed! I have read the book and watched the entire series. Of course now the stories are not ones by Jennifer Worth but of the writers of the show.


  3. I was moved by that poignant moment at the end of CALL THE MIDWIFE. So much said but yet unspoken. It sent me off to read more Lorca love poems. That show always brings tears to my eyes to see the continual struggle and strength of women.


    1. Just read your touching comments (four years later) having watched “caĺl the midwife” this evening. I too went right off to read more of his poems!
      blessings. Viv

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