By Fernando Pessoa
Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious physique of labor, a lot of it below "heteronyms"—fully fleshed adjust egos with startlingly various kinds and issues of view. providing a different sampling of all his most renowned voices, this assortment positive aspects poems that experience by no means sooner than been translated along many initially composed in English. as well as such significant works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in clean verse, there are a number of gorgeous poems that experience purely come to mild within the final 5 years. chosen and translated via major Pessoa pupil Richard Zenith, this is often the best creation on hand to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.
* The translations are in response to the main authoritative versions, established opposed to the unique manuscripts
* comprises an creation discussing Pessoa, his paintings, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" in addition to a chronology
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308), were missing one or more stanzas, or the stanzas were out of order. Greatly improved editions of Pessoa’s poetry have been made during the last ﬁfteen years. Since even these have occasional errors of transcription, I have consulted all the available manuscripts of the poems contained in the present volume except for those published by the author himself. Divergent readings are accounted for in the endnotes. Where a manuscript contains more than one version of a word or phrase, I have preferred whichever seemed to me to work best; the other versions are referred to as “variants,” and the most signiﬁcant of these are recorded in the endnotes.
Do those who believe in St. Barbara Think she’s like us and visible? ) (What a sham! What do the ﬂowers, The trees and the sheep know About St. Barbara? . The branch of a tree, If it could think, would never Invent saints or angels . . It might think that the sun Illuminates and that thunder Is a sudden noise That begins with light . . ) And thinking about all this, I became less happy again . . I became gloomy and out of sorts and sullen Like a day when a thunderstorm threatens all day And by night it still hasn’t struck.
1932 Henriqueta and her family begin to spend long periods at a house in Estoril, where Pessoa often visits. On July 5 Salazar is appointed prime minister and becomes, in practice, a dictator. 1933 A new constitution marks the inception of Salazar’s socalled Estado Novo (New State). 1934 Publishes, in the fall, Mensagem (Message), the only book of his Portuguese poetry to see print in his lifetime. The book is awarded a prize by the National Ofﬁce of Propaganda. ” Pessoa, who did not attend the ceremony but read the speech in the newspaper, is outraged and takes to writing anti-fascist poems.
A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by Fernando Pessoa