By Carlos Drummond de Andrade
The main necessary poems of Brazil's maximum poet
Brazil, in line with no much less an observer than Elizabeth Bishop, is a spot the place poets carry a spot of honor. "Among males, the identify of 'poet' is typically used as a praise or time period of love, whether the individual talked about is . . . no longer a poet in any respect. probably the most recognized twentieth-century poets, Manuel Bandeira, was once provided with an enduring automobile parking space in entrance of his condominium condominium in Rio de Janeiro, with an enamelled signal POETA--although he by no means owned a motor vehicle and didn't understand how to drive." In a tradition like this, it's tough to underestimate the significance of the nation's maximum poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade.
Drummond, the main emblematic Brazilian poet, used to be a grasp of reworking the normal international, via language, into the elegant. His poems--musical protests, twisted hymns, dissonant celebrations of imperfection--are transcriptions of existence itself recorded through a magnanimous outcast. As he placed it in his "Seven-Sided Poem": "When i used to be born, a kind of twisted / angels who stay within the shadows stated: / 'Carlos, prepare to be a misfit in life!' . . . international so large, international so huge, / my heart's even larger."
Multitudinous center, the main beneficiant choice of Drummond's poems on hand in English, gathers paintings from some of the levels of this stressed, incredible modernist. Richard Zenith's choice and translation brings us a extra vibrant and dazzling poet than we knew.
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Multitudinous Heart: Selected Poems: A Bilingual Edition by Carlos Drummond de Andrade