The meaning of Saudade

In a recent trip to Greenwich, London, Esther and I wandered into the vintage market. Always on the look out for something unique which could be up-cycled or converted into a unique gift at Christmas.

As we were looking around we discovered a small spoon that had the word “Saudade” stamped into it. I had never hear of the word before and it’s meaning is quite beautiful:

Saudade: The deep love that remains after something or someone has gone. A profound melancholic longing and nostalgia, harbouring a repressed knowledge that the beloved will never return.

To me this word speaks deeply of a sense of unspoken hopelessness in the loss. It holds in it knowledge of how that loss will never return yet if we were to acknowledge that truth out loud it would make it more real.

I’d be interested to know your take on the word and what images or thoughts are brought to your mind.

One Reply to “The meaning of Saudade”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s