Clepsydra and Other Poems

Clepsydra and Other Poems

Adamastor Series

by Camilo Pessanha

Translated by Adam Mahler

Introduction by K. David Jackson

Published by: Tagus Press

144 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781951470081
  • Published: November 2021



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The only collection of poems to be published by the Portuguese writer Camilo Pessanha during his lifetime, Clepsydra is the crowning achievement of the Portuguese symbolist movement. Meditating on the inexorable flow of time, Pessanha sets the music of his verses against the murmuring water clock that gives the book its title. This new annotated translation by Adam Mahler recreates in English the haunting melodies and evocative dreamscapes that were widely admired and emulated by Portuguese modernists such as Fernando Pessoa. In addition to the thirty poems of the original 1920 publication, the bilingual volume features eighteen compositions that appeared in subsequent editions, making it the most comprehensive scholarly edition of Clepsydra to date.