Today we celebrate the 100th birthday of Vinicius de Moraes. He was carioca, and he was and will always be our “little poet” as we, Brazilians, usually call him!
Vinicius is one of the most important bossa nova composers and did a lot of partnerships with Tom Jobim. “Garota de Ipanema” (The Girl from Ipanema) is one of their most famous songs, and even those who are not familiar with bossa nova might know this version in the voice of Frank Sinatra and Tom Jobim.
Vinicius was not a great singer, but he was blessed with a great talent with the letters. Besides being a poet, he was a composer, musician, playwritght and lyricist, as well.
I share with you bellow my favourite Vinicius sonnet. First in portuguese, and then in english, in a version I found here .
Soneto de FidelidadeDe tudo ao meu amor serei atento
Antes, e com tal zelo, e sempre, e tanto
Que mesmo em face do maior encanto
Dele se encante mais meu pensamento.Quero vivê-lo em cada vão momento
E em seu louvor hei de espalhar meu canto
E rir meu riso e derramar meu pranto
Ao seu pesar ou seu contentamentoE assim, quando mais tarde me procure
Quem sabe a morte, angústia de quem vive
Quem sabe a solidão, fim de quem amaEu possa me dizer do amor (que tive):
Que não seja imortal, posto que é chama
Mas que seja infinito enquanto dure.
Sonnet of FidelityAbove all, to my love I’ll be attentive
First and always, with care and so much
That even when facing the greatest enchantment
By love be more enchanted my thoughts.I want to live it through in each vain moment
And in its honor I’ll spread my song
And laugh my laughter and cry my tears
When you are sad or when you are content.And thus, when later comes looking for me
Who knows, the death, anxiety of the living,
Who knows, the loneliness, end of all loversI’ll be able to say to myself of the love (I had):
Be not immortal, since it is flame
But be infinite while it lasts.