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Primo Basilio

from Joe H - Friday, February 28, 2003
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Pablo's great, but let's not neglect our Portuguese and Brazillian poets. This is by Eça De Queiroz, my humble attempt at translation follows.

Tinha suspirado, tinha beijado
o papél devotamente! Era a
primeira vez que lhe escreviam
aquelas sentimentalidades, e o
seu orgulho dilatava-se ao calor
amoroso que saia dela, como um
corpo ressequido que se estira
num banho tépido; sentia um
acréscimo de estimulo por si mesma,
e parecia-lhe que entrava enfim
numa existência superiormente
interessante, onde cada hora
tinha o seu intuito diferente,
cada passo conduzia a um êxtase,
e a alma se cobria de um luxo
radioso de sensações!


I had breathed deeply
Kissed the page devotedly
It was the first time that I wrote of these sentiments
And their pride expanded with the loving heat that it gave off
Like a dried body easing itself into a cold bath
It felt a growth of stimulus throughout itself
And seemed to finally enter a far more interesting existence
Where every hour had a distinct purpose
Every step led to extasy
And the soul was covered with a radiant luxury of sensations

(Anyone who speaks Portuguese better than I do is encouraged to point out any shortcomings in my translation, but I should point out that I translate liberally, rather than literally, so what you might call error, I call differences in interpretation)

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