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The Songs of António Botto

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António Botto was one of Portugal's first openly gay writers, a poète maudit whose unapologetic and candid verses about homosexual life and passion were both praised and reviled when they appeared in Portuguese in 1922 under the title Canções. Botto's poetic voice-confessional, personal, and intimate-revels and luxuriates in eroticism while expressing the ache of longing, ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 1921)
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Aug 14, 2015 Elham rated it it was amazing
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Recommended to Elham by: Luís C.
Reading feminist books conduct me to this essential conclusion that "beauty" itself cannot lead a woman to have slightest kind of "virtue", that the soft phrases susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings who are only the objects of pity and that kind of love, which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt [1]. So I don't really have the slightest interest in reading a pie ...more
Nov 07, 2012 jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, translation
championed by fernando pessoa, his long-time friend, publisher, and english translator, antónio botto was a portuguese modernist poet, as well as a dramatist and short story writer. as one of the nation's first openly gay writers, botto faced controversy in the early 1920s for the homosexual themes in his collection canções (songs), later disparaged as "the literature of sodom." after the short-lived scandal had subsided, botto would go on to write poetry for nearly three decades. following almo ...more
Luís C.
António Botto is the only Portuguese, of those currently knowingly write, to whom the designation esthete can be applied without dissonance. With a perfect instinct he follows the ideal that has been called aesthetic, and that is one way, although the tiny, the Greek ideal. Follows him, however, the pair with instinct, with a perfect intelligence, because the Greek ideals, they are intellectuals, can not be followed unconsciously.

-From the following edition-

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Rosa Ramôa
Dec 08, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing

O mais importante da vida*
Jul 02, 2011 Grady rated it it was amazing
A Poet Out of Time: Reassessing António Botto

António Botto (1892 - 1959) was a Portuguese aesthete and modernist and on of Portugal's first openly gay poets whose position in the world of letters has only recently been brought to light. Though he had little formal education he worked as a clerk in a bookstore in Lisbon where he came into contact with the important writers of Portugal. He began publishing his poetry in 1917, his most popular collection being 'Canções' published in 1920 but not no
Nov 20, 2014 Brent rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this down. I love the confessional and intimate voice in his writing. The eroticism in his writing captures the "ache of longing".
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Mar 03, 2017 Wawan Kurn rated it really liked it
Botto merupakan salah seorang penyair yang diakui Pessoa, dan buku ini adalah puisi-puisi Botto yang menjelaskan jati dirinya. Pessoa juga telah menerjemahkan buku ini dengan baik dan menyenangkan.
Feb 13, 2015 Rainer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is the Portuguese original to the poem "Curiosity" quoted by Jeremy

O mais importante na vida

É ser-se criador – criar beleza.


Para isso,

É necessário pressenti-la

Aonde os nossos olhos não a virem.


Eu creio que sonhar o impossível

É como que ouvir a voz de alguma coisa

Que pede existência e que nos chama de longe.


Sim, o mais importante na vida

É ser-se criador.

E para o impossível

Só devemos caminhar de olhos fechados

Como a fé e como o amor.
Feb 23, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I'm very sad that there aren't any of his other poetry collections in translation.

I'm also terribly curious as to know how the poetry literally translates into English from the original Portuguese. The editor clearly worked with the poetry to make it rhyme in places in English and I wonder what the text has lost in its editing.
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António Botto nasceu em Concavada, freguesia do concelho de Abrantes, filho de Maria Pires Agudo e de Francisco Thomaz Botto. O seu pai trabalhava como "marítimo" no rio Tejo. Em 1908 a sua família mudou-se para o bairro de Alfama em Lisboa, onde cresceu no ambiente popular e típico desse bairro. Recebeu pouca educação formal e trabalhou em livrarias, onde travou conhecimento com muitas das person ...more
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