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SONNET OF THE FRIEND
SONETO DO AMIGO
VINICIUS DE MORAES
Translation by Rosaliene Bacchus
Mirror of my
At last, after so many past mistakes
So much retaliation, so much danger
There reappears in another the old friend
Never lost, always found again.
It’s good to sit by his side again
With eyes that contain the familiar look
Always with me a little troubled
And as always particular with me.
A creature just like me, simple and human
Knowing how to move and be moved
And to disguise my own delusion.
Friend: a being life doesn’t explain
Which only goes on seeing another born
And multiplies the mirror of my soul...
"Vinicius is the only Brazilian poet who dared to live
under the sign of passion, What I mean, of poetry in
its natural state."
What makes Vinicius a great poet is his perception of
the dark side of man. And the courage to face it. In
part, from the beginning, of his fundamental themes:
mystery, passion and death.
When he leaves poetry in second place to become the
MPB [Popular Brazilian Music] show-man, to live nine
marriages, to go through life traveling, Vinicius is
exercising, more than ever, the power that Drummond
describes, without concealing his immense envy: "He
[Vinicius] was the only one of us who had the poet's
~ BRAZILIAN POET CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE (1902-1987),
EXCERPT FROM BIOGRAPHY OF VINICIUS DE MORAES.
TRANSLATION BY ROSALIENE BACCHUS.
VINICIUS DE MORAES
- poet, lyricist,
playwright - was born
in Rio de Janeiro,
capital of the
Southeast Brazil state
of the same name.
Born into a family that
loved books and
music, Vinicius began
writing poetry at the
age of seven and
composed his first
songs in high school.
In 1933, upon
receiving his law
degree from the Rio
de Janeiro State
University, he also
published his first
collection of poetry:
O Caminho para a
His second poetry
collection - Forma e
Exegese - published
in 1935 at the age of
22 years, won the
Award (National Poetry
Award), earning him
the name "the Little
In 1938, Vinicius left
Brazil to study English
and English Literature
at Oxford University in
the UK, returning to
Rio in 1941.
Beginning in 1943, he
pursued a diplomatic
career, serving in Los
As a lyricist, his songs
were an extension of
his poetry. Many of
them - like the
featured song and "A
Garota de Ipanema" -
Over his lifetime,
more than 30 books
and wrote five plays.
A complete list is
available at Releituras.
RIO DE JANEIRO,
Southeast Brazil, is
the second largest
city in Brazil with a
population of over 6
It is known as the
(Marvellous City) for
its unique landscape
nestled between the
Guanabara Bay with
its beaches and the
Soneto do Amigo
Vinicius de Moraes
Enfim, depois de tanto erro passado
Tantas retaliações, tanto perigo
Eis que ressurge noutro o velho amigo
Nunca perdido, sempre reencontrado.
É bom sentá-lo novamente ao lado
Com olhos que contêm o olhar antigo
Sempre comigo um pouco atribulado
E como sempre singular comigo.
Um bicho igual a mim, simples e humano
Sabendo se mover e comover
E a disfarçar com o meu próprio engano.
O amigo: um ser que a vida não explica
Que só se vai ao ver outro nascer
E o espelho de minha alma multiplica...
Poem from Poemas, Sonetas e Baladas,
published by Edições Gavetas, São Paulo,
(At the time of publication, the poet was
Vice-Consul of Brazil in Los Angeles,
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