Herald of

Over all Spain the sky is cloudless: between history and poetry

Dushenko K.V.


It is generally considered that the phrase «Over all Spain the sky is cloudless» became a signal to the Francoist insurrection of 1936. In fact, this is a legend, which originates fromthe correspondence of Ilya Ehrenburg from Paris. The phrase owes its popularity to the circumstances of the aesthetic nature: 1) a dramatic contrast between the literal and the implied meaning; 2) a fortunate phonetic and rhythmic shape; in essence, the phrase is a monostich.


winged words; Spanish Civil War; «It’s raining in Santiago» (film); I. Ehrenburg.

DOI: 10.31249/hoc/2019.04.07

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