Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Florbela Espanca

Main masterpieces: 

  • Livro das Mágoas (1919)
  • Livro de Sóror Saudade (1923)
  • Charneca em Flor (1931)
  • As Máscaras do Destino (1931)
Historical period in literature: 
Modern literature, period from Romanticism to Symbolism


A Poetess of Excess

Florbela's poetry is characterized by recurring themes of suffering, loneliness, disappointment, associated with immense tenderness and a desire for happiness and fulfillment that can only be achieved in the absolute, the infinite. The passionate vehemence of her language, markedly personal, focused on her own frustrations and anxieties, reflects sensualism often erotic.
Poetess of excess, cultivated excessively the passion, with distinctly female voice. Her poetry, even sinning sometimes for some conventionality, has aroused continuing interest of readers and researchers. She is considered as the great woman of Portuguese literature from the early decades of the twentieth century.


Mariza singing "Desejos Vãos" (Florbela Espanca)

The most international Portuguese fado singer, Mariza, gives voice to Florbela Espanca through her poem "Desejos Vãos".



Song: "Desejos Vãos"
Featuring: Mariza


Consulted sources:  

Portal da Literatura Portuguesa

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