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"Third Choral Song for the Promised Day", by Hugo Noël Santander Ferreira: on the nature of exist...

Hugo Noël Santander Ferreira's poem "Third Choral Song for the Promised Day", which makes part of his book "America from North to South", is a powerful and thought-provoking piece that encourages the reader to reflect on the nature of existence and the pursuit of ambition. The poem is written in the form of a choral song, with repeated phrases that emphasize the themes of emptiness, blindness, and the need for self-reflection.

The poem begins with an invitation to meditate on the promised day, a day without anything or anyone, including ourselves. This imagery creates a sense of emptiness and detachment, and highlights the fleeting nature of our lives. The repetition of the phrase "Day without reproach, without peace, without mask" emphasizes the idea that our lives are often characterized by deceit and conflict, and that true peace can only be found in a state of emptiness and detachment.

The second stanza of the poem introduces the idea of the Tabor mist descending, a reference to the biblical story of the transfiguration of Jesus. The poet suggests that we too can transfigure ourselves into a promised god, and that this transformation will allow us to recover the beaches of that summer. This imagery creates a sense of nostalgia and longing for a lost paradise, and emphasizes the idea that our lives are often characterized by a sense of loss and regret.

The third stanza of the poem explores the idea of ambition, and the ways in which our desires can lead to conflict and suffering. The poet asks why we tremble at night, and suggests that our high ambitions are often met with scarce means. This imagery highlights the idea that our desires are often greater than our ability to achieve them, and that this can lead to a sense of frustration and despair.

The fourth stanza of the poem continues to explore the idea of ambition, and suggests that we are not selfish, but rather blind heroes. The poet suggests that we suffer defeat and avoid famine, but do not have the time to assess our ambitions. This imagery emphasizes the idea that our desires are often driven by a sense of urgency or desperation, rather than a clear understanding of what we truly want.

The final stanza of the poem warns against the dangers of ambition, and references the mythological figure of Er, who was damned to repeat his life as a warning to others. The poet suggests that we should become spectators of nothingness, and avoid the fate of Er, who was drunk with the desire to be king and ended up committing filicide. This imagery emphasizes the idea that our desires can lead us down dark paths, and that we must be mindful of the consequences of our actions.

In conclusion, Hugo Noël Santander Ferreira's poem "Third Choral Song for the Promised Day" is a powerful meditation on the nature of existence and the pursuit of ambition. Through its use of repetitive phrases and vivid imagery, the poem encourages the reader to reflect on their own desires and the ways in which they shape their lives. Ultimately, the poem warns against the dangers of ambition, and suggests that true peace can only be found in a state of emptiness and detachment.

Third Choral Song for the Promised Day

Let's meditate for our promised day

Day without anything, without him or her, without you, without me

Day without reproach, without peace, without mask

Your most torturous day is over.

And you return to your corpse's stream

Fabric of illusions and fragile nerves

Let's meditate for our promised day

Day without anything, without him or her, without you, without me

Day without reproach, without peace, without mask

When will the Tabor mist descend?

We’ll transfigure ourselves into the promised god

We’ll recover the beaches of that summer

Let's meditate for our promised day

Day without anything, without him or her, without you, without me

Day without reproach, without peace, without mask

Who feels or thinks against the others?

Why do we tremble at night?

High are the ambitions; the means scarce

Let's meditate for our promised day

Day without anything, without him or her, without you, without me

Day without reproach, without peace, without mask

We are not selfish, we are blind heroes.

We simply suffer defeat and avoid famine

With no time to assess ambitions

Let's meditate for our promised day

Day without anything, without him or her, without you, without me

Day without reproach, without peace, without mask

Let's become nothingness’ spectators

Don't let happen to us what Er's damned dead did

Drunk of world, he hastened to be King

Just to cry at birth his future filicide

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