A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems by Fernando Pessoa

By Fernando Pessoa

Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious physique of labor, a lot of it lower than "heteronyms"—fully fleshed regulate egos with startlingly assorted types and issues of view. supplying a different sampling of all his most renowned voices, this assortment beneficial properties poems that experience by no means prior to been translated along many initially composed in English. as well as such significant works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in clean verse, there are a number of lovely poems that experience simply come to gentle within the final 5 years. chosen and translated by way of major Pessoa student Richard Zenith, this is often the best advent on hand to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.
* The translations are in line with the main authoritative versions, validated opposed to the unique manuscripts
* comprises an advent discussing Pessoa, his paintings, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" in addition to a chronology

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In December he takes the Intermediate Examination in Arts and receives the highest score in Natal. He withdraws from Durban High School. 1905 In August he returns for good to Lisbon, where he enrolls in the university-level course of Arts and Letters. During the first year he lives with his Aunt Anica, who has just moved from the Ilha Terceira to Lisbon. c h ro n o l o g y xxxv 1906 Having missed the exams in July due to illness, he reenrolls in the first year of the Arts and Letters course. He writes poetry and prose in English under the name of C.

And he’ll give us nothing more, since to give us more would make us less us. 16 a l i t t l e l a r g e r t h a n t h e e n t i r e u n i v e rs e VII From my village I see as much of the universe as can be seen from the earth, And so my village is as large as any town, For I am the size of what I see And not the size of my height . . In the cities life is smaller Than here in my house on top of this hill. The big buildings of cities lock up the view, They hide the horizon, pulling our gaze far away from the open sky.

I’m capable of feeling the same wonder A newborn child would feel If he noticed that he’d really and truly been born. I feel at each moment that I’ve just been born Into a completely new world . . I believe in the world as in a daisy, Because I see it. But I don’t think about it, Because to think is to not understand. The world wasn’t made for us to think about it (To think is to have eyes that aren’t well) But to look at it and to be in agreement. I have no philosophy, I have senses . . If I speak of Nature it’s not because I know what it is But because I love it, and for that very reason, Because those who love never know what they love Or why they love, or what love is.

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