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Alphabe Thursday O is for O brasileiro

August 27, 2015

O brasileiro deplora

O interesse de amar

Seus costumes, sua música

Quer os outros imitar

Povo assim e muito fácil

Doutro país dominar

 

The Brazilian deplores the interest of love; and that others want to try its customs and music; people like this will easily dominate …

 

For many years I studied and translated  Greek, Latin, and later Sanskrit poetry The poets wrote of love, despair, war and peace, and their country. They sang of the glorious past and the doom of the day; other dreamed of the magnificent future. 

To understand a dead language it is vital to be aware of the culture and background of the poets.  Not so easy when we are 2 millennium apart.  

Sometimes, the poem was incomplete; only a line or two; from these words and much background knowledge (gained not by me, I might add, but by centuries of scholarship)  I might decipher a word or two.

Here I am with a fragment of a poem in a modern language and still I struggle to understand the poet; who in turn seems to battle himself with Brazil, her people  and their culture … it seems we,  worldwide and for centuries have difficulties unraveling life, let alone one verse of poetry …

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2015 12:37 pm

    Love to visit your blog to learn more about language, words, origins, etc. Were you a translator by occupation or personal interest. Either way, what an interesting way to spend time
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    • August 27, 2015 1:04 pm

      For my job as librarian it was required … when cataloging books for our collections. Thank you for your kind interest

  2. August 27, 2015 2:56 pm

    Reblogged this on msamba.

  3. August 27, 2015 4:31 pm

    Very informative post about languages for O ~ thanks!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  4. Rocky Mountain Woman permalink
    August 27, 2015 10:28 pm

    I always learn something here of interest. Thanks for sharing!

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