Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Putting Your Heart to Sleep with Pentameters: A Prosodic, Lexical, and Syntactic Analysis of Fernando Pessoa’s Sonnet X
Authors: Portela, Manuel 
Keywords: Fernando Pessoa; Language and Self; Parody; Sonnet Form; Sound and Sense; 35 sonnets
Issue Date: Dec-2016
Publisher: Brown University / Warwick University / Universidad de Los Andes
Serial title, monograph or event: Pessoa Plural: A Journal of Fernando Pessoa Studies
Issue: 10
Place of publication or event: Providence, RI
Abstract: This article analyses Fernando Pessoa’s Sonnet X (“As to a child, I talked my heart asleep”) as a modernist parody of the Shakespearean sonnet. The presence of that highly constrained form is clearly recognizable at the level of both versification and language. At the same time, a number of “marked and essential differences” indicate that this poem is not a mere stylistic or thematic imitation of its model. The text’s reflexive reference to the possibilities of splitting and binding sound to sense, on the one hand, and of splitting written self from writing self, on the other, highlight Pessoa’s awareness of a self who is constituted in and through language. Weaving word-as-sound and word-as-sense with self-as- grammatical person, the text becomes the material evidence for the self-inventing and self-deceiving nature of literary activity.
ISSN: 2212-4179
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FLUC Secção de Estudos Anglo-Americanos - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat
MP_Putting_Your_Heart_to_Sleep_with_Pentameters_(2016).pdf985.7 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record

Page view(s) 50

checked on Jun 9, 2021


checked on Jun 9, 2021

Google ScholarTM


This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons