The Greenness of Springtime: Alberto Caeiro's Poetry In Translation

The Greenness of Springtime: Alberto Caeiro's Poetry In Translation

by Oliver Simões (Translator)


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The Greenness of Springtime contains the complete works of
Alberto Caeiro, the "Naive Master" created by Fernando Pessoa
(1888–1935), one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese-language
literature. Unique among world writers, Pessoa forged tens of
heteronyms throughout his life, and Caeiro, who embodies a simple
shepherd with hardly any formal education, ranks among the most
important of them. Through contact with his flocks and Nature itself,
Caeiro takes us on an incredible journey of wonder as we savor every
line of his poetry. He lives in harmony with Nature, but at times this
natural balance appears to be upset by an external force, inviting us
to look inward as well as outward, Caeiro's poetry is an invitation to
look at the world and "see" it "without thinking". Completely averse to
metaphysics, he suggests that thoughts blur our vision, and "thinking
is being sick from the eyes". For him, "To think a flower is to see it and
smell it. / And to eat a fruit is to taste its meaning". His ability to tap
on all five senses gave him the nickname "sensationist poet". Even
though he lived over 100 years ago and died at a young age, he
seems to be deeply aware of the threats posed by industrialization
and the need for a more holistic environment. In a sense, Caeiro was
a visionary who was far ahead of his time.

Tapping on his respectable experience as a literary translator, Oliver
Simões delivers a book that is poetic and beautiful from beginning to
end. The Greenness of Springtime contains an introduction with
more information on the use of the heteronyms. In Pessoa's own
words, his is a "whole literature", placing him along with Camões,
Whitman, and Shakespeare in the pantheon of world-renowned
poets. Pessoa also wrote prose, and mostly in Portuguese, but also in
English, in which he was fully fluent. He was also a translator, and to
honor this fact, this book is being offered in a bilingual format.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987024364
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 02/09/2019
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)

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