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Antinous: A Poem   By: (1888-1935)

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Antinous: A Poem is an enigmatic and haunting work by Portuguese poet Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa. The collection of poems, filled with melancholic beauty, delves into various themes, including love, death, and spirituality.

Pessoa's verses are intricately woven, depicting a vivid and introspective journey that transports readers to a universe of emotion and contemplation. The titular poem, "Antinous," serves as the centerpiece, exploring the mythological figure of Antinous, a lover and companion of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Through rich imagery and evocative language, Pessoa delves into the complexities of desire, idolization, and the fleeting nature of beauty.

One of the notable aspects of this collection is Pessoa's mastery of language. His lyrical style captivates readers and enchants them with poetic lines that linger in the mind long after the last page is turned. Each word and phrase is carefully chosen, creating a harmonious blend of rhythm and substance. It is apparent that Pessoa's command over the written word is unparalleled, making this collection a remarkable piece of literature.

The depth and introspection found within Antinous: A Poem are the true gems of the collection. Pessoa explores the universal themes of love and its complexities, diving into the deepest recesses of the human soul. The poet's ability to capture the essence of emotions and thoughts, channeling them into verse, is extraordinary. Readers will find themselves reflecting upon their own experiences and emotions, as Pessoa's words resonate on a profound level.

Although the collection primarily centers around Antinous, Pessoa skillfully interweaves other poems that expand upon the overarching themes. From religious allusions to explorations of the afterlife, the eclectic mix of subjects offers thought-provoking insights and prompts contemplation about the mysteries of existence.

Antinous: A Poem may not be a conventional read for all poetry enthusiasts, as it can be dense and demanding. However, for those willing to delve into Pessoa's intricate exploration of the human psyche, this collection is a treasure trove. It caters to those seeking a profound and intellectually stimulating experience within the realm of poetry.

In conclusion, Antinous: A Poem is a testament to Pessoa's immense talent and his ability to delve into the depths of human emotion. It is a work of art that demands contemplation and reflection, leaving a lasting impact on its readers. This collection stands as a testament to Pessoa's status as one of the most influential poets of his time and a compelling voice in Portuguese literature.

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ANTINOUS: A POEM

BY

FERNANDO PESSOA

LISBON

1918

ANTINOUS

A POEM

ANTINOUS

A POEM

BY

FERNANDO PESSOA

LISBON MONTEIRO & CO. 190, Rua do Ouro, 192

1918

Printed by «Sociedade Typographica Editora» 100, R. d'Alegria Lisbon

ANTINOUS

It rained outside right into Hadrian's soul.

The boy lay dead On the low couch, on whose denuded whole, To Hadrian's eyes, that at their seeing bled, The shadowy light of Death's eclipse was shed.

The boy lay dead and the day seemed a night Outside. The rain fell like a sick affright Of Nature at her work in killing him. Through the mind's galleries of their past delight The very light of memory was dim.

O hands that clasped erewhile Hadrian's warm hands, That now found them but cold! O hair bound erstwhile with the pressing bands! O eyes too diffidently bold! O bare female male body like A god that dawns into humanity! O lips whose opening redness erst could strike Lust's seats with a soiled art's variety! O fingers skilled in things not to be named! O tongue which, counter tongued, the throbbed brows flamed! O glory of a wrong lust pillowed on Raged conciousness's spilled suspension! These things are things that now must be no more. The rain is silent, and the Emperor Sinks by the couch... Continue reading book >>




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