A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe : Selected Poems Paperback
This is the largest and richest volume of poetry by Pessoa available in English.
It includes generous selections from the three poetic alter egos that the Portuguese writer dubbed "heteronyms" - Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Alvaro de Campos - and from the vast and varied work he wrote under his own name.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 436 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/04/2006
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780143039556
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Review by vpfluke
This book has been a stunning revelation for me. A poet who speaks directly into my soul, of whom I had known nothing up until a month ago.There is the humor and poingancy when Fernando Pessoa writing as Alberto Caeiro in # 7 "... saw Jesus Christ come down to earth ... as a child again." And Poem 9 states "I'm a keeper of sheep." And we discover a simpilicty in life.In the part where the poems are under the aegis of the title and author of the book, we have an exquisite poem on dreams, "Between my sleepiing and dreaming". I read this poem at a dreams conference and people were amazed at how he caught the journey of the dream life.Writing as Àlvaro de Campos, he has this "I got of the train/ Amd said good-bye to the man I'd met." We get the feel of how it really is to take a long train trip and how are mind wanders over thoughts, lost images that come back, but in a meandering kind of way.And there is a Magnificat, a play on words. A poem about his soul, not Mary's soul. Prehaps looking forward to his death.Highly recommended.
Review by MSarki
Though I did find many poems I enjoyed reading, I do not feel any larger affinity for his poesy. I eventually abandoned the book as their was nothing in it to keep my interest and nothing I felt worth more of my time. I am going to continue to look at Pessoa's work, and more of his poetry, but I am afraid he just does not buy me out.