`La Tierra de Alvargonzález' is similar to the old ballads in its content of crime and violence. Machado leaves much of the background o...
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...onceivably regain both its material and psychological health. Real place names are used, although it becomes clear that the `tierras' symbolise Castile as a whole. They are `en el corazón de España', a phrase referring as much to a literal geographical as to a metaphorical, emotional or psychological centrality. By recounting the origin, growth, and removal of a curse on Alvargonzález's lands, Machado is talking about a malaise affecting the whole of Castile.
In conclusion, `La Tierra de Alvargonzález' highlights many recurrent themes which can be seen throughout the collection of `Campos de Castilla', such as the interaction of the landscape, not only with the narrator, but also the characters within the story which is told in this poem. This poem can also be compared to the `romances viejos' in its constant references to the Old Testament.
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