Amado Nervo

Poems of Faith and Doubt

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John Gallas

ISBN: 978-0-7283-0318-8

LENGTH: 38 pages

Contemplative Poetry 001

2021

Amado Nervo (1870–1919) was a Mexican poet generally considered the most distinguished exponent of the literary movement known as Modernismo. Although he intended to become a priest, he abandoned his studies in 1888 and turned first to journalism and then the diplomatic service, becoming Mexican Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay in 1918. His poetic and literary works have been collected in twenty-nine volumes.

This translation by John Gallas has sought to reproduce the plain, rhymed forms of Nervo’s poems to convey the direct, yet complex, ideas of faith and doubt of the original texts. Nervo believed each of his poems—a prayer, an expression of comfort, praise or questioning—to be an act of love: the job of the translator is to hand on, undimmed, that belief to the reader.

‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones’ (Proverbs 16:24).

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Amado Nervo (1870–1919) was a Mexican poet generally considered the most distinguished exponent of the literary movement known as Modernismo. Although he intended to become a priest, he abandoned his studies in 1888 and turned first to journalism and then the diplomatic service, becoming Mexican Ambassador to Argentina and Uruguay in 1918. His poetic and literary works have been collected in twenty-nine volumes.

This translation by John Gallas has sought to reproduce the plain, rhymed forms of Nervo’s poems to convey the direct, yet complex, ideas of faith and doubt of the original texts. Nervo believed each of his poems—a prayer, an expression of comfort, praise or questioning—to be an act of love: the job of the translator is to hand on, undimmed, that belief to the reader.

‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones’ (Proverbs 16:24).

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ISBN

978-0-7283-0318-8

Length

38 pages

Book Size

140 x 210 mm

Author

John Gallas

Subtitle

Poems of Faith and Doubt

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Author Bio

John Gallas is an award-winning Aotearoan poet now living in the UK. He is a Fellow of the English Association and author of sixteen collections of poetry. This is his fourth collection of translations.

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