Pain: Edvard Munch and Fernando Pessoa

 

The poet is a man who feigns
And feigns so thoroughly, at last
He manages to feign as pain
The pain he really feels,

And those who read what once he wrote
Feel clearly, in the pain they read,
Neither of the pains he felt,
Only a pain they cannot sense.
“Autopsychography”, Fernando Pessoa, translated by Edouard Roditi
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