A Exma. Iaiá Brasília

written by Antonio de Castro Alves

A Exma. Iaiá Brasília

— Antonio de Castro Alves

FOI BEM LONGE teu livro... Assim nas vagas
O brí´nzeo filho das indianas plagas
Desce ao profundo mar...
Abre os tesouros do oceano verde...
Entre os palácios de coral se perde...
Em longo mergulhar...


Mas quando das espumas rompe ousado...
O cabelo nas algas enrolado,
Crispada, erguida a mão
Nos dedos hirtos... uma estrela brilha...
A lágrima do mar... a maravilha
A perla de Ceilão.


Mas ele vem... qual fora... Ai! Tão distante...
E não levar o ilustre viajante
Lembranças do meu lar!...

About the poet


Antonio de Castro Alves

Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves was a Brazilian poet and playwright, famous for his abolitionist and republican poems. One of the most famous poets of the "Condorism", he won the epithet of "O Poeta dos Escravos" ("Slaves' Poet"). He is the patron of the 7th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Alves was born in the town of Curralinho (rechristened "Castro Alves" in his honor in 1900), in the Brazilian State of Bahia, to Antônio José Alves, a medician, and Clélia Brasília da Silva Castro, one of the daughters of José Antônio da Silva Castro (a.k.a. "Periquitão", Portuguese for "Big Parakeet"), a proeminent fighter in the 1821–23 Siege of Salvador. In 1853, he was...

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