Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person: A Transelation Of Alberto Caeiro / Fernando Pessoa's O Guardador De Rebanhos

byFERNANDO PESSOATranslated byErin Moure

April 1, 2001|
Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person: A Transelation Of Alberto Caeiro / Fernando Pessoa's O Guardador De Rebanhos by FERNANDO PESSOA
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A temporary move to Toronto in the winter of 2000, a twisted ankle, an empty house -- all inspired Moure as she read Alberto Caeiro/Fernando Pessoa''s classic long poem O Guardador de Rebanhos. For fun, she started to translate, altering tones and vocabularies. From the Portuguese countryside and roaming sheep of 1914, a 21st century Toronto emerged, its neighbourhoods still echoing the 1950s, their dips and hollows, hordes of wild cats, paved creeks. Her poem became a translation, a transcreation, the jubilant and irrepressible vigil of a fervent person. "Suddenly," says Moure impishly, "I had found my master." Caeiro''s sheep were his thoughts and his thoughts, he claimed, were all sensations. Moure''s sheep are stray cats and from her place in Caeiro''s poetry, she creates a woman alive in an urban world where the rural has not vanished, where the archaic suffuses us even when we do not beckon it, and yet the present tense floods us fully.
One of Canada''s most eminent and respected poets, ERÍN MOURE is a translator from French, Spanish, Galician, and Portuguese, and the author of seventeen books of poetry. Moure has received the Governor General''s Literary Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the A.M. Klein Prize, and she has been a three-time finalist for the Gr...
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Title:Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person: A Transelation Of Alberto Caeiro / Fernando Pessoa's O Guardador De Rebanhos
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:144 pages, 8.6 X 5.63 X 0.4 in
Shipping dimensions:144 pages, 8.6 X 5.63 X 0.4 in
Published:April 1, 2001
Publisher:House Of Anansi Press Inc
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780887846601

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