Fernando Pessoa

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Fernando Pessoa


Born
in Lisbon, Portugal
June 13, 1888

Died
November 30, 1935

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Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a poet and writer.

It is sometimes said that the four greatest Portuguese poets of modern times are Fernando Pessoa. The statement is possible since Pessoa, whose name means ‘person’ in Portuguese, had three alter egos who wrote in styles completely different from his own. In fact Pessoa wrote under dozens of names, but Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos were – their creator claimed – full-fledged individuals who wrote things that he himself would never or could never write. He dubbed them ‘heteronyms’ rather than pseudonyms, since they were not false names but “other names”, belonging to distinct literary personalities. Not only were their styles different; they thought differently, they h
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Poems of Fernando Pessoa

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Poemas de Álvaro de Campos

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More books by Fernando Pessoa…
“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”
Fernando Pessoa

“No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it”
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Polls

September 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  28 votes, 19.9%

1991, Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder, 403 pages
 
  23 votes, 16.3%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 478 pages
 
  20 votes, 14.2%

1954, I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, 160 pages
 
  19 votes, 13.5%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  16 votes, 11.3%

 
  10 votes, 7.1%

 
  9 votes, 6.4%

 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1929, Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe, 644 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

 
  4 votes, 2.8%

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