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A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems by Fernando Pessoa

By Fernando Pessoa

Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious physique of labor, a lot of it lower than "heteronyms"—fully fleshed regulate egos with startlingly assorted kinds and issues of view. supplying a distinct sampling of all his most famed voices, this assortment positive factors 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 lovely poems that experience simply come to mild within the final 5 years. chosen and translated by means of prime Pessoa pupil Richard Zenith, this can be the best advent on hand to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.
* The translations are in line with the main authoritative variations, 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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Ah, by praying to St. Barbara I felt even simpler Than I think I am . . I felt common and domestic, As if I’d lived my whole life Peacefully, like the garden wall, Having ideas and feelings the same way A flower has scent and color . . 14 a l i t t l e l a r g e r t h a n t h e e n t i r e u n i v e rs e I felt like someone who could believe in St. Barbara . . Ah, to be able to believe in St. Barbara! (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.

Pessoa will leave, at his death, more than five hundred passages of this work, many of which are scattered among his papers and notebooks. ) In September Pessoa and Ophelia Queiroz rekindle their relationship, exchanging letters and occasionally seeing each other. On December 4 Pessoa writes Aleister Crowley’s publisher to correct the natal horoscope published in the occult master’s autobiographical Confessions. Crowley (1875–1947), also known as Master Therion, acknowledges the mistake and strikes up a correspondence with Pessoa.

My nation is the Portuguese language. It wouldn’t trouble me at all if Portugal were invaded or occupied, as long as I was left in peace. But I hate with genuine hatred, with the only hatred I feel, not those who write bad Portuguese . . , but the badly written page itself . . The Book of Disquiet was attributed to Bernardo Soares, a fictional bookkeeper whom Pessoa considered a “semiheteronym,” since his personality was similar, though not identical, to his own. Pessoa, writing under his own name, would never have said that he had no political sentiments; but for him, as for Soares, the well-written page was his passion, and the well-written page in Portuguese was his nation, his nationalism.

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