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Soneto da Separação

from Joe H - Friday, February 28, 2003
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This is by Vinicius de Moraes, the father of bossa nova (IMO) and one of the greatest Brazillan poets of all time. He wrote this on the Atlantic Ocean on his way to England. My translation pales in comparison to the original, but it's there for those of who you don't understand Portuguese.

De repente do riso fez-se o pranto
Silêncioso e branco como a bruma
E das bocas unidas fez-se a espuma
E das mãos espalmadas fez-se o espanto

De repente da calma fez-se o vento
Que dos olhos desfez a última chama
E da paixão fez-se o pressentimento
E do momento imóvel fez-se o drama

De repente, não mais que de repente
Fez-se de triste o que se fez amante
E de sozinho o que se fez contente

Fez-se do amigo próximo o distante
Fez-se da vida uma aventura errante
De repente, não mais que de repente.


Suddenly calm became wind
Silent and white like the fog
And mouths united turned to foam on the sea
And our joined hands turned to fear

Suddenly the calm became a storm
That took the last flame from our eyes
And passion turned to worry
And the immovable moment became a catastrophe

Sudddenly, so suddenly
Lovers became sad
And those who were happy became lonely

And close friends grew distant
And life became a misguided adventure
Suddenly, so suddenly

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from sarafina
Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 20:09

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So beautiful, yet so sad. It surprised me that more people don't comment or appreciate poems like this. Or maybe it is just that it leaves you without words as it did with me the first few times I read it. So many time's have I felt moments that I thought to be immovable become a catastrophe's in the end. I tried to think of a better or different way to express that feeling but it's just so perfect the way it was worded in the poem. I wonder what The author was feeling and why when he wrote this he carries such strong emotions through it.

I know many of you have experienced this at some time in your life....

Suddenly, so suddenly
Lovers became sad
And those who were happy became lonely.

the ending is so perfect also...

And life became a misguided adventure
Suddenly, so suddenly

Well I just wanted to say thank you to Joe and to some of you others who have taken the time to translate such beautiful poetry for those of us who can't read or understand it in the original language it was wrote in.

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From snowhite
Sunday, March 23, 2003, 18:11

i agree, its such a beautiful poem and not so many ppl comment on them. anyways, just wanted to say... keep up with the good work! got anymore?(reply to this comment

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