Multitudinous heart : selected poems : a bilingual edition / Carlos Drummond de Andrade ; translated from the Portuguese by Richard Zenith
- Andrade, Carlos Drummond de, 1902-1987
- New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
- First edition, bilingual edition.
- Physical Description:
- xxvii, 394 pages ; 23 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Zenith, Richard and Andrade, Carlos Drummond de, 1902-1987. Selections
- Language Note:
- Text in English and Portuguese.
- "A selection of the finest poems from the preeminent Brazilian poet of the twentieth century"--
Brazil, according to no less an observer than Elizabeth Bishop, is a place where poets hold a place of honor. "Among men, the name of 'poet' is sometimes used as a compliment or term of affection, even if the person referred to is . . . not a poet at all. One of the most famous twentieth-century poets, Manuel Bandeira, was presented with a permanent parking space in front of his apartment house in Rio de Janeiro, with an enamelled sign POETA--although he never owned a car and didn't know how to drive." In a culture like this, it is difficult to underestimate the importance of the nation's greatest poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade.
Drummond, the most emblematic Brazilian poet, was a master of transforming the ordinary world, through language, into the sublime. His poems--musical protests, twisted hymns, dissonant celebrations of imperfection--are transcriptions of life itself recorded by a magnanimous outcast. As he put it in his "Seven-Sided Poem": "When I was born, one of those twisted / angels who live in the shadows said: / 'Carlos, get ready to be a misfit in life!' . . . World so wide, world so large, / my heart's even larger."
Multitudinous Heart, the most generous selection of Drummond's poems available in English, gathers work from the various phases of this restless, brilliant modernist. Richard Zenith's selection and translation brings us a more vivid and surprising poet than we knew.
- 9780374535490 (pbk.)
- Related Titles:
- Alguma poesia--o livro em seu tempo
Brejo das almas
Sentimento do mundo
A rosa do povo
Fazendeiro do ar.
A vida passada a limpo
Lição de coisas
A falta que ama
Impurezas do branco
- Translated from Portuguese.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-380) and index.
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