21 de fevereiro de 2009

Edgar Allan Poe - Silence

Edgar Allan Poe foi um escritor, poeta e romancista americano, nascido em 1809. Entre as suas obras mais conhecidas estão o poema The Raven, publicado pela primeira vez em 1845, e que mereceu tradução por parte do nosso Fernando Pessoa. Para além da poesia, Poe escreveu inúmeros contos, entre eles The Fall of the House of Usher, The Purloined Letter e The Pit and the Pendulum.
Fica aqui um soneto dele chamado Silence

There are some qualities-some incorporate things,
That have a double life, which thus is made
A type of that twin entity which springs
From matter and light, evinced in solid and shade.
There is a two-fold Silence-sea and shore-
Body and soul. One dwells in lonely places,
Newly with grass o'ergrown; some solemn graces,
Some human memories and tearful lore,
Render him terrorless: his name's "No More."
He is corporate Silence: dread him not!
No power hath he of evil in himself;
But should some urgent fate (untimely lot!)
Bring thee to meet his shadow (nameless elf,
That haunteth the lone regions where hath trod
No foot of man,) commend thyself to God!

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