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PHILOSOPHY
FILOSOFIA
JOSÉ GUILHERME DE ARAÚJO JORGE
Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
We retrace
the path
once rutted,
now asphalted.
Gone is
yesteryear.

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ROSALIENE BACCHUS

Do you really want to know
how life should be lived?
Well... first you have to live
and then, philosophize...

People say they’re rich... Maybe...
But then again maybe not...
To be rich... is just to be able
to do whatever your heart desires...

In this eternal and difficult struggle
I am reborn at every moment
washing the pains of life
in the river of forgetfulness...

Where can I dream of another age?
The faith I had, and lost?
Today... I yearn for...
that... which has already died...
BRAZILIAN POET
(1914-1987)
YESTERYEAR
[The poet] is a translator of subjective realities. A
transformer. A diver of the seas of the spirit. It’s
through message that the common man can reach
"the other side" of things! The poet’s work enriches
everyone. Since the poet is a magician – he makes
magic with Life – he turns water into wine for
beauty’s intoxication.

[Poetry] is the science of the heart. Poets are the wise
ones of sentiments… I have said many times: they
are beings who think, feel, or think, because they feel.
They build their world with emotions. When they want
to philosophize, they speak of love. And to speak of
love is already to make poetry.

~ Excerpts from No Mundo da Poesia (In the World of Poetry) by
J.G. de Araújo Jorge, 1969 [Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus]
Born in Acre, North
Brazil, José Guilherme
de Araújo Jorge was a
poet, writer, national
radio producer and
presenter, history and
literature professor.
In the 1970s, he also
held various public
offices.

He spent his
childhood in Acre
where he attended
primary school. He
completed his
secondary education
and earned his law
degree in Rio de
Janeiro.

He began writing
poetry around twelve
years old, publishing
his first poem in
1931. His first book,
Meu Céu Interior (My
Interior Sky
),
published in 1934,
was a collection of
poems written when
he was 14 to 17 years
old.

Over the period 1934
to 1986, he published
36 books of poetry.

One of Brazil's most
popular poets, he was
known as the poet of
the people and of the
youth for his message
and social teachings.
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western part of North
Brazil, forms part of
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Filosofia
José Guilherme de Araújo Jorge

Você quer mesmo saber
como a vida se levar?
Pois é... primeiro viver
e depois, filosofar...

Diz que é rico... Pode ser...
Mas pode ser que não seja...
Ser rico... é apenas poder
fazer o que se deseja...

Nessa eterna e dura lida
renasço a cada momento
lavando as dores da vida
no rio do esquecimento...

Onde o sonhar de outra idade?
A fé que tive, e perdi?
Hoje... chego a ter saudade
daquele... que já morri...

Poem from Cantiga do Só, published in
1964.  

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