Selected Sonnets: A Bilingual Edition by Luís de Camões

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By Luís de Camões

The most vital 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 prominent 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 severe lifetime of adventure.
The first 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 by way of William Baer into modern, but metrical and rhymed, English-language poetry, with the unique Portuguese on dealing with pages.
     A complete collection of sonnets that demonstrates the total variety of Camões’s pursuits and invention, Selected Sonnets will end up essential for either scholars and academics in comparative and Renaissance literature, Portuguese and Spanish background, 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 show a lot of the poetry’s unique directness and straightforwardness, in addition to the depth, timbre, and subtlety of the unique imagery and subject matters. . . . [Selected Sonnets] will renew curiosity in those outstanding sonnets and bring Camões deserved readership in English.”—Choice

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Subsequently, he was jailed in Goa, India, for his activities in Macao and his unpaid debts. After seventeen years in the East, Camões found himself stranded in abject poverty in Mozambique. When he was fortuitously rescued by several friends, he was finally able to return to Lisbon, where he published his national epic, Os Lusíadas, six years before the disastrous death of King Sebastião and his Portuguese army at Alcácer-Kebir in Morocco. Camões died in Lisbon in 1580 during an outbreak of the plague, just before Spain seized his beloved Portugal.

Her voice was like a wounding delight that left me in a love-struck, blinded condition. So damned be Cupid and the Fates: the Son of Venus for binding my heart; the Sisters of Night for entrapping me in this hopeless social position. Orfeu enamorado que tañía por la perdida ninfa, que buscaba, en el Orco implacable donde estaba, con la arpa y con la voz la enternecía. La rueda de Ixión no se movia, ningún atormentado se quejaba, las penas de los otros ablandaba, y todas las de todos él sentía. El son pudo obligar de tal manera, que, en dulce galardón de lo cantado, los infernales reyes, condolidos, le mandaron volver su compañera, y volvióla á perder el desdichado, con que fueron entrambos los perdidos.

But you, whom Love has also subjugated to her fickle will, if you should come across my verses, this little book of diverse songs, conceived in experience, created in truth, remember: the more you’ve loved and lost, the better you’ll comprehend my verse. ), não sei quando vos tornarei a ver; que mágoas tais, vendo como vos deixo, me causais que de tornar jávou desconfiando. Ordenou o Destino, desejoso de converter meus gostos em pesares, partida que me vai custando tanto. Saüdoso de vós, dele queixoso, encherei de suspiros outros ares, turbarei outras águas com meu pranto.

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