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... and when I saw my anguish raised into a perfect statue in the blessed sun, I touched it! It was frozen and inert! ... (Teixeira de Pascoaes)

If only, Portugal, you were just three syllables, a beautiful view of the sea, the green Minho, the whitewashed Algarve, ... (Alexandre O'Neill)

All morning I was searching for a syllable. It’s very little, that’s for sure: a vowel, a consonant, practically nothing. ... (Eugénio de Andrade)

canção final, TEIXEIRA DE PASCOAES (1877-1952). The dynamic nature of his universe of opposites is well expressed by two verses “The leaf that fell / Was a soul that ascended” (in ‘Elegy of Love’). PASCOAES’ universe is in continual expansion, through the creative energy of hope, sorrow, desire, saudade. Just as poetic inspiration leaves “the splendor of a verse” on a page, “so too hope, endlessly burning (…) Leaves in space the forms of the Universe (…) Mortal recollections of its divine…

serradura, MÁRIO DE SÁ-CARNEIRO (1890-1916). By the age of 16, translated Hugo, Goethe and Schiller. With Pessoa and Almada Negreiros, wrote Orpheu, a poetry magazine whose futurism caused scandal, known today as the finest example of modern literature. In 1913 published 12 poems of Dispersão and Confissão de Lúcio, one of his most famous novels, anticipating Kafka themes. In 1915, Céu em Fogo reveals the obsessions and disturbances that he was living. Indícios de Oiro appeared after his…

tabacaria, ÁLVARO DE CAMPOS. On one hand, CAMPOS manifest a feverish desire to be everything and everyone, declaring that in every corner of my soul stands an altar to a different god. But the second impulse is toward a state of isolation and a sense of nothingness. His poems represent the apotheosis of Pessoan anguish, reflect an existentially anguished search for meaning, are at once nostalgic, self-ironic; here despair, terror, the self questioning of the poet are laid bare.

ode triunfal, ÁLVARO DE CAMPOS. On one hand, CAMPOS manifest a feverish desire to be everything and everyone, declaring that in every corner of my soul stands an altar to a different god. But the second impulse is toward a state of isolation and a sense of nothingness. His poems represent the apotheosis of Pessoan anguish, reflect an existentially anguished search for meaning, are at once nostalgic, self-ironic; here despair, terror, the self questioning of the poet are laid bare.

Your immortality inspires my worship. but what are you here? A gaze of pity, a drop of honey in a cup of lye. . . (Antero de Quental)

fim, MÁRIO DE SÁ-CARNEIRO (1890-1916). By the age of 16, he had translated Hugo, Goethe and Schiller. With Pessoa and Almada Negreiros, wrote Orpheu, a poetry magazine whose futurism caused scandal, known today as the finest example of modern literature. In 1913 published 12 poems of Dispersão and Confissão de Lúcio, one of his most famous novels, anticipating Kafka themes. In 1915, Céu em Fogo reveals the obsessions and disturbances that he was living. Indícios de Oiro appeared after his…

poems, JORGE DE SENA (1919-1978). Outstanding poet, essayist, fiction writer, translator. His work's innovative character is broadly recognized. Much too cerebral, his practice as poet of witness, both of his life and the world around, had nothing in common with the subjectivity of his generation grouped around the magazine Presença. As essayist, is a reference for Camões and Pessoa. Wrote dozens of short stories and a novel, Signs of Fire: a fresco of society and a portrait of a poet…