A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems

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Penguin, 2006 - Poetry - 436 pages
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Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious body of work, much of it under "heteronyms"--fully fleshed alter egos with startlingly different styles and points of view. Offering a unique sampling of all his most famous voices, this collection features poems that have never before been translated alongside many originally composed in English. In addition to such major works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in blank verse, there are several stunning poems that have only come to light in the last five years. Selected and translated by leading Pessoa scholar Richard Zenith, this is the finest introduction available to the breadth of Pessoa's genius.

The translations are based on the most authoritative editions, verified against the original manuscripts Includes an Introduction discussing Pessoa, his work, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" as well as a chronology
 

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User Review  - MSarki - LibraryThing

Though I did find many poems I enjoyed reading, I do not feel any larger affinity for his poesy. I eventually abandoned the book as their was nothing in it to keep my interest and nothing I felt worth ... Read full review

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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

This book has been a stunning revelation for me. A poet who speaks directly into my soul, of whom I had known nothing up until a month ago. There is the humor and poingancy when Fernando Pessoa ... Read full review

Contents

The Birth of a Nation
xiii
ALBERTO CAEIRO
7
from THE KEEPER OF SHEEP
9
from THE SHEPHERD IN LOVE
47
from UNCOLLECTED POEMS
53
RICARDO REIS
81
ÁLVARO DE CAMPOS
145
FERNANDO PESSOAHIMSELF
273
from MESSAGE
369
RUBAIYAT
383
from FAUST
393
ENGLISH POEMS
403
POEMS OF ALEXANDER SEARCH
405
from 35 SONNETS
411
from THE MAD FIDDLER
417
Copyright

from SONGBOOK
275

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About the author (2006)

Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon in 1888 and was brought up in Durban, South Africa. In 1905 he returned to Lisbon where he matriculated at the University, and continued to read and write in English. He published in 1918 35 Sonnets and in 1922 the three parts of his English Poems, all composed many years before. The rest of his life passed uneventfully in Lisbon. The only book published in his lifetime was Mensagem, a collection of poems on patriotic themes which won a consolation prize in a national competition. Pessoa also wrote under three pseudonyms, Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis, whose biographies he invented.Richard Zenith lives in Lisbon, where he works as a freelance writer, translator, and critic. His translations include Galician-Portuguese troubadour poetry, novels by Antonio Lobo Antunes, Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet, and Fernando Pessoa and Co - Selected Poems, which won the 1999 American PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

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