Sonnets and Other Poems

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Sonnets and Other Poems is the first bilingual edition in English to offer a cross-section of lyric poetry by Portugal's Luís de Camões, author of The Lusiads (1572), the great Renaissance epic memoralizing Vasco da Gama's inaugural voyage to India (1497-99). A selection of forty sonnets is followed by poems using other metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, including terza rima, ottava rima, the sestina, the canzone, and the redondilha, a verse form typical of Portuguese poetry. Richard Zenith's fluid renditions, ...
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Sonnets and Other Poems is the first bilingual edition in English to offer a cross-section of lyric poetry by Portugal's Luís de Camões, author of The Lusiads (1572), the great Renaissance epic memoralizing Vasco da Gama's inaugural voyage to India (1497-99). A selection of forty sonnets is followed by poems using other metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, including terza rima, ottava rima, the sestina, the canzone, and the redondilha, a verse form typical of Portuguese poetry. Richard Zenith's fluid renditions, far from attempting to "update" Camões, closely adhere to the original text, employing modern English but resisting the temptation to expand on the relatively small and simple lexicon of the Portuguese. Along with discussing his method of translation, Zenith's illuminating introduction shows how Camões's life and work were intimately entwined.
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“The great Portuguese poet and nomadic adventurer, Luís de Camões, is best known in the English-speaking world for The Lusiads, his epic tale of empire-building. Yet his body of lyric poetry is no less skilled and astonishing. Richard Zenith, the brilliantly accomplished translator and scholar, now offers us an utterly vivid and immediate rendering of these lyrics, revealing anew their sustained vitality, psychological and emotional depth, and sheer inventiveness. For all who value the eternal lyric tradition, this collection should prove essential reading.”—Michael Palmer

“Camões’s strength as a sonneteer lies not only in his limpid vocabulary and exquisite sense of cadence, but also in his exploration of the most obscure reaches of human consciousness, especially in the delineation of states of bafflement and anxiety. His technical command is supreme, and his range of stylistic experimentation–whether allegorical, pastoral, or erotic–continually exciting.”—Helen Vendler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933227269
  • Publisher: UMass Dartmouth
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Adamastor Series
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

LUÍS DE CAMÕES (1524?–1580) lived a life full of love and adventure on three continents. His experiences are vividly woven into his poetry,which drew its formal inspiration from Virgil, Ovid, Petrarch and other poets, both classical and modern. A conceptualizing artist, Camões’s extraordinary ability to forge his thought and experience into verses at once crystalline and compelling accounts for his status as one of theforemost poets in the European tradition. While The Lusiads (1572), his epic poem celebrating Portugal’s maritime exploits, brought him immediate and enduring renown (there are more than fifteen translations of the work into English), his equally splendorous lyric poetry may hold more appeal for today’s reader. RICHARD ZENITH, a long-time resident of Portugal, has won prizes from the PEN Club and the Academy of American Poets for his translations from the poetry of Portugal’s Fernando Pessoa and Brazil’s João Cabral de Melo Neto. He has published his own poetry in reviews, a book of short stories titled Terceiras Pessoas, and numerous essays.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: A Poet on the Edge
About the Selection and Translation
Acknowledgments and Suggested Reading
Books and Manuscripts Consulted •SONNETS
Enquanto quis Fortuna que tivesse – As long as Fortune wanted me
Eu cantarei de amor tão docemente – So sweetly will I sing of love
Amor é um fogo que arde sem se ver – Love is a fire that burns unseen
Tanto de meu estado me acho incerto – The state I’m in is so unsteady
Transforma-se o amador na cousa amada – The lover becomes the thing he loves
Um mover d’olhos, brando e piadoso – Eyes that flash with gentle pity
Pois meus olhos não cansam de chorar – Since my eyes don’t tire of weeping
Erros meus, má fortuna, amor ardente – My errors, cruel fortune and ardent love
Oh! como se me alonga, de ano em ano – Oh how long, year after year
No mundo poucos anos, e cansados – Few and wearisome years I lived
Correm turvas as águas deste rio – Muddy waters flow in this river
O tempo acaba o ano, o mês e a hora – Time swallows the year, the month, the hour
Busque Amor novas artes, novo engenho – Let Love devise new ways, new wiles
Alegres campos, verdes arvoredos – O happy fields and green woods
Sete anos de pastor Jacob servia – For seven years as a shepherd Jacob
Alma minha gentil, que te partiste – O most gentle soul who left
Males, que contra mim vos conjurastes – Afflictions that conspired against me
Mudam-se os tempos, mudam-se as vontades – Times change, desires change
Por sua Ninfa, Céfalo deixava – Although she ushers in the day
Ditoso seja aquele que somente – Happy the man who only complains
Em prisões baixas fui um tempo atado – Bound for a time in deep prisons
Que poderei do mundo já querer? – What can I want from the world now?
Despois que quis Amor que eu só passasse – After Love made me suffer, alone
O raio cristalino s’estendia – The crystalline ray of dappled Dawn
Com grandes esperanças já cantei – Once I sang with hopes so strong
Eu cantei já, e agora vou chorando – I used to sing and now I weep
No tempo que de amor viver soía – Back in the days when I lived for Love
Verdade, Amor, Razão, Merecimento – Truth, Love, Reason and Virtue
Na ribeira do Eufrates assentado – Sitting beside the Euphrates River
Cá nesta Babiblónia, donde mana – Here in this Babylon flowing with gold
Doces lembranças da passada glória – O sweet memories of my past glory
Quando de minhas mágoas a comprida – When endless dwelling on my sorrows
Lembranças que lembrais meu bem passado – O memories that deepen my present sorrow
—Como fizeste, Pórcia, tal ferida? – “How did you suffer such injury, Portia?”
Aquela triste e leda madrugada – Oh let that sad and joyful dawn
Aqueles claros olhos que, chorando – Those pale eyes that kept on crying
Dai-meu ~ a lei, Senhora, de querer-vos – Grant me a law of having to love you
Quem vê, Senhora, claro e manifesto – Whoever, Lady, sees plain and clear
Dizei, Senhora, da Beleza ideia – Give me, Lady, an idea of Beauty
O céu, a terra, o vento sossegado – The sky, the earth, the wind blowing softly
OTHER POEMS
SONGS
Descalça vai para a fonte – Walking barefoot through the grass
Quem disser que a barca pende – If they tell you my boat lists
Aquela cativa – That lovely slave
ODE
Pode um desejo imenso – A fierce desire can rage
SESTINA
Foge-me pouco a pouco a curta vida – I’m slowly using up this short life
ELEGY
O Poeta Simónides, falando – The Poet Simonides, talking
CANZONES
Já a roxa manhã clara – The bright red dawn
Junto de um seco, fero e estéril monte – By a dry, wild and barren mountain
Manda-me Amor que cante docemente – Love orders me to sweetly sing
Vinde cá, meu tão certo secretário – Come here, my faithful confidant
SONG
Sôbolos rios que vão – By the rivers that flow
POEM IN OCTAVES
Quem pode ser no mundo tão quieto – On the World’s Chaos and Confusion
NOTES TO THE POEMS
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