By Luis de Camoes, William Baer

The most crucial author in Portuguese heritage and one of many preeminent ecu poets of the early sleek period, Luís de Camões (1524–80) has been ranked as a sonneteer on par with Petrarch, Dante, and Shakespeare. Championed and trendy via such poets as William Blake, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Edgar Allan Poe, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Camões was once well known for his intensely own sonnets and both excessive lifetime of event. the 1st major English translation of Camões’s sonnets in additional than 100 years, Selected Sonnets: A Bilingual Edition collects seventy of Camões’s best—all musically rendered through William Baer into modern, but metrical and rhymed, English-language poetry, with the unique Portuguese on dealing with pages.      A finished choice of sonnets that demonstrates the whole diversity of Camões’s pursuits and invention, Selected Sonnets will end up integral for either scholars and academics in comparative and Renaissance literature, Portuguese and Spanish heritage, and the artwork of literary translation.      “Splendidly produced. . . .William Baer brings [Camões’s] sonnets ahead as comprehensive, certainly usually appealing, examples of this Renaissance invention.”—Jeffery Hart, National Review
      “William Baer’s artistry gives the reader translations that exhibit a lot of the poetry’s unique directness and straightforwardness, besides the depth, timbre, and subtlety of the unique imagery and issues. . . . [Selected Sonnets] will renew curiosity in those impressive sonnets and bring Camões deserved readership in English.”—Choice

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Your happy hours on earth, once undermined only by their vexing brevity, are now exchanged for a perfect peace that’s free from all disruptions and fears of any kind. But sad is he, who lives on earth in vain, still trapped in love’s entanglement, whose grief increases with love and its inexorable strife. Sad am I, for my pain brings no relief, and Love, just to intensify my pain and wound me more, prolongs my useless life. 51 ----- Correm turvas as águas deste rio, qua as do céu e as do monte as enturbaram; os campos florecidos se secaram, intratável se fez o vale, e frio.

Vós, que Amor obriga a ser sujeitos a diversas vontades! Quando lerdes num breve livro casos tão diversos, verdades puras são, e não defeitos . . E sabei que, segundo o amor tiverdes, tereis o entendimento de meus versos. 28 Reader As long as Fortune dangled in my sight the hope of happiness, my wishful schemes for lasting love and all my youthful dreams compelled me to lift my pen and write. But Love, afraid I might prove indiscreet and reveal her unpleasant truth, ingeniously obscured my mind and cruelly tormented me, trying to keep my pen from exposing her deceit.

Pêro de Magalhães Gândavo’s História da Província de Santa Cruz a que vulgarmente chamam Brasil, a history of Brazil. It’s the only Camonian sonnet published in his lifetime. 1578 The disastrous defeat of King Sebastião and his Portuguese army at Alcácer-Kebir in Morocco. Eight thousand perish along with the young monarch, and 15,000 are captured and enslaved by the Moroccan Muslims. 1580 Dies June 10 in Lisbon, unmarried and without known issue, attended by the Dominican Frei Josepe Indio. Buried without a co≈n in the nearby Church of Santa Ana.

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