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Multitudinous Heart: Selected Poems: A Bilingual Edition Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Multitudinous Heart: Selected Poems: A Bilingual Edition

Carlos Drummond de Andrade

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ISBN : 9780374713935
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464 pages
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The most indispensable poems of Brazils greatest poetBrazil, 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,MoreThe most indispensable poems of Brazils greatest poetBrazil, 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 didnt know how to drive. In a culture like this, it is difficult to underestimate the importance of the nations 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 hearts even larger.Multitudinous Heart, the most generous selection of Drummonds poems available in English, gathers work from the various phases of this restless, brilliant modernist. Richard Zeniths selection and translation brings us a more vivid and surprising poet than we knew.