Pessoa in English

A book of selected poems from Shearsman. Search, the second of two English language personas, seems to just write doggerel, but his auto-epitaph is interesting (the date is missing), especially in those terms: quoting from the 4th and 49th-51st lines from that 57 line poem

He filled with madness many a song…

But let him lie at peace for ever
Far from the eyes and mouths of men
And from what him from them did sever.


The phrasing is unusual, as in all these poems (Frazer mentions Pessoa’s Elizabethan early influences).

The later (1924-1933) poems included here seem like mature work, though it’s not immediately clear why. Perhaps he can express his curiosity more clearly.