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Selected Poetry, 1937-1990
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This bilingual anthology brings together a representative selection from more than a half century of this distinguished Brazilian poet's lifetime work. Along with previously translated poems are many others in English for the first time. The remarkable group of poets and translators includes Elizabeth Bishop, Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Louis Simpson, and W. S. Merwin.
This bilingual anthology brings together a representative selection from more than a half century of this distinguished Brazilian poet's lifetime work. Along with previously translated poems are many others in English for the first time. The remarkable group of poets and translators includes Elizabeth Bishop, Alastair Reid, Galway Kinnell, Louis Simpson, and W. S. Merwin.
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  • Translator Djelal Kadir is Dolores K. and Walter Neustadt Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oklahoma and editor of World Literature Today.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 28, 1994
    Cabral de Melo Neto is widely recognized as Brazil's most significant post-WWII poet. Influential in leading the ``generation of '45'' against exaggeration in the use of free verse, Cabral made his nation's poetry more precise, less sentimental. The early poems make a theatrical effort to let ``visible things speak'' through striking if dispassionate imagery. Later work develops themes of nature and specific if luckless national locales, consistently shying away from protest writing or folklore. Trained as a statistician, Cabral fashioned himself as a sort of technician of poetry, favoring rational forms and dynamic construction. Engineers, architects and surgeons figure prominently in his poems, as do artists like Mondrian and Klee. His anachronistic wish to make poetry ``with ruler and quadrant'' should be viewed in this light, alarming as it is. Cabral's lengthy career has attracted poet-translators such as W.S. Merwin, Galway Kinnell, James Wright, Louis Simpson, Alastair Reid and Elizabeth Bishop, all of whom figure, generally ably, in this volume.

  • "João Cabral de Melo Neto is one of Brazil's most acclaimed poets, and this selection of his luminous, often surreal works reveals why. From his early days, Mr. Cabral has written poems that are marked by a captivating use of simple language.... "[Cabral's work] will very likely come to be regarded as Brazil's most original contribution to 20th-century poetics."
  • "[Cabral's work] will very likely come to be regarded as Brazil's most original contribution to 20th-century poetics." "Cabral de Melo Neto is widely-recognized as Brazil's most significant post-WW II poet. Influential in leading the 'generation of '45' against exaggeration in the use of free verse, Cabral made his nation's poetry more precise, less sentimental."
  • "Cabral de Melo Neto is widely-recognized as Brazil's most significant post-WW II poet. Influential in leading the 'generation of '45' against exaggeration in the use of free verse, Cabral made his nation’s poetry more precise, less sentimental." "[A] major poet . . . The poems are subtle and wise, the work of a man who has seen much of the world and who knows humanity."
  • "[A] major poet . . . The poems are subtle and wise, the work of a man who has seen much of the world and who knows humanity." "João Cabral de Melo Neto is one of Brazil's most acclaimed poets, and this selection of his luminous, often surreal works reveals why. From his early days, Mr. Cabral has written poems that are marked by a captivating use of simple language. Avoiding ceremony and circumstance, they follow centuries-old paths rather than struggle to break new ground. While it is difficult to capture the sensuous flow of the original Portuguese, these translations . . . are remarkably true to the spirit of the originals."
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