An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry / Edition 1

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A 25th anniversary edition of a book cited by Modern Language Journal as "notable for the original and interesting choice of poems and for the accuracy and poetic quality of the translations." Work by 14 Brazilian poets, including the late João Cabral de Melo Neto, is presented en face with translations by Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Blackburn, Ashley Brown, Jane Cooper, Richard Eberhart, Barbara Howes, June Jordan, Galway Kinnell, Jean Longland, James Merrill, W. S. Merwin, Louis Simpson, Mark Strand, Jean Valentine, Richard Wilbur, and James Wright.

Selected by Books for College Libraries (1988).

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"Belatedly, Bishop has also won recognition [in Brazil] for her efforts to promote modern Brazilian poetry. She not only edited the collection An Anthology of 20th-Century Brazilian Poetry (Wesleyan Press) but also translated the poems of Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Manuel Bandeira, João Cabral de Melo Neto and other poets esteemed here." —New York Times

“Brazil has long been discovered, but its spiritual cartography is only begun, and this anthology is a powerful atlas”—Helen Vendler, New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819560230
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry in Translation
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

The Enormous Hand 18
Improvisation of the Dead Boy 20
The Song of the Wild Dove 24
Nightfall 26
Cemetery of Childhood 28
Elegy for Maria Alves 32
Second Rose Motif 34
Vigil 36
Ballad of the Ten Casino Dancers 38
The Dead Horse 42
Pyrargyrite Metal, 9 46
Map 48
Horses 54
Travelling in the Family 56
Seven-Sided Poem 62
Don't Kill Yourself 64
The Table 66
Infancy 84
In the Middle of the Road 88
Family Portrait 90
Song 94
Sonnet on Fidelity 96
The Pear 98
Christmas Poem 100
Sonnet of Intimacy 102
Woman Recipe 104
Sonnet on Separation 110
The Cock 112
Daily Space 114
Windows 116
Poem 118
The End of the World 120
Cemetery in Pernambuco (Our Lady of Light) 122
Cemetery in Pernambuco (St. Lawrence of the Woods) 124
The Dead and Life of a Severino (The 'Retirante') 126
The Death and Life of a Severino (He Meets...) 130
The Death and Life of a Severino (Neighbors, friends...) 138
Imitation of Water 140
The Clouds 144
The Sea and the Canefield 146
Education by Stone 148
Weaving the Morning 150
The Canefield and the Sea 152
A Knife All Blade 154
The Emptiness of Man 158
The Drafted Vulture 160
The Man From Up-Country Talking 162
Two of the Festivals of Death 164
Map 166
Parameter 168
Clouds' Work 170
Bibliography 175
Notes on Editors and Translators 179
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