Carlos Drummond #01 – The Middle of the Road

The poetry of Brazilian poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, saw several transformations throughout its development, with the publication of 31 books in the poets lifetime.

This poem was originally published in 1928 in the magazine Antropofagia.

The simplicity of the language adds to the focus of the observation of the “stone”, which is not only in the middle of the road, but it also “halfway” (i.e. incomplete, trying to arrive), & this, in turn, makes it a perfect metaphor for the human condition as it is found in the modern period.

No meio do caminho

No meio do caminho tinha uma pedra
tinha uma pedra no meio do caminho
tinha uma pedra  
no meio do caminho
tinha uma pedra.

Nunca me esquecerei desse acontecimento
na vida de minhas retinas tão fatigadas.
Nunca me esquecerei que no meio do caminho
tinha uma pedra  
tinha uma pedra no meio do caminho
no meio do caminho tinha uma pedra

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