Selected Poems

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Penguin UK, Nov 30, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages
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The writing of Fernando Pessoa reveals a mind shaken by intense inner suffering. In these poems he adopted four separate personae: Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis and himself, using them to express 'great swarms of thought and feeling'. While each personae has its own poetic identity, together they convey a sense of ambivalence and consolidate a striving for completeness. Dramatic, lyrical, Christian, pagan, old and modern, Pessoa's poets and poetry contribute to the 'mysterious importance of existence'.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Books for Further Reading
Fernando Pessoa
Portuguese Ocean
Dom Sebastião King of Portugal
As She Passes
Song
Shes Singing the Harvestwoman
The Roses of the Gardens of Adonis
The Gods Do Not Consent
The Ancient Rhythm
Hate You Christ I Do Not
Solemn over Fertile Country
In Broad Daylight Even the Sounds
The Wind at Peace
I Stick to Facts

Suddenly a Hand
Ah The Anguish
Christmas
Gomes Leal
Dense Clouds Wall Up
To the Blind and the Deaf I Leave
Sleep While I
She Brings the Surprise of Being
Audible Smile of the Leaves
Dont Say a Thing
Harvestwoman
Rage in the Dark the Wind
Why O Holy One
I Know I Alone
She Came Looking Elegant
Ah All Is Symbols
I See Boats Moving
Steps Linger
Im Scanning Things I Cant See
If I Though Nobody
I Sleep At Waking
Raining
Great Mysteries Inhabit
The Wind High
This
LoopHole
In the Great Oscillation
There Was a Moment
Cease Your Song
In This World
In the Dead Afternoons Gold More
It Begins to Be
Your Eyes Go Sad
There Are Diseases
At the Tomb of Christian Rosencreuz
Alberto Caeiro
from The Shepherd in Love
The Water Gurgles
If After I Die
Ricardo Reis
Crown Me with Roses
Apollos Chariot Has Rolled
To Be Great Be Entire
I Want
Legion Live in Us
Álvaro de Campos
Tobacconists
In the Terrible Night
De La Musique
I Have a Terrible Cold
In the House Opposite
At Times I Have
Newtons Binomial Theory
The Ancients Used to Invoke
I Am Tired
Pessoa as Pessoa
The Madman
We Took the Town After an Intense Bombardment
Your Voice Keeps Talking Lovingly
In the Huge Hours
Past the Window There
I Dont Own Any Farm
I Still Keep
Guides Me? Reason Lonely
Deaths the RoadBend
When Nothing is Left Us
The Ancient Censer
I Listen Without Looking
When With Some Reason Or
The Laundress at the Pool
There Go in the Army Stream
If By Chance Estranged
I Dream Fathomless
To Me Now Deaths Coming
Your Profile Your Gazing
Ah It Is
Should Somebody One Day
I Know Im a Sick Man
Soon as There are Roses
Advice
Love is the Essential
Azure or Green or Purple
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About the author (2000)

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.

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