#108 Fernando Pessoa

Remarkable Portuguese writer of many names.

Lídia de Oliveira
3 min readMay 13, 2022
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Once a week I decided to show you some of my favorite Portuguese writers, and there are so many! Authors who made my love for reading and writing increase with each year at school, each book and poem I wrote. Consequently, my whole view of the world changed also, seeing beauty much more often and enjoying life! So I hope you like it!

This week I bring you Fernando Pessoa.

Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (Lisbon, June 13, 1888) was a poet, philosopher, playwright, essayist, translator, publicist, astrologer, inventor, businessman, Portuguese commercial, literary critic and political commentator.

Fernando Pessoa is the most universal Portuguese poet. Having been educated in South Africa, at an Irish Catholic school in Durban, he became more familiar with the English language than with Portuguese when writing his first poems in that language. Literary critic Harold Bloom considered Pessoa as “Whitman reborn” and included him in his canon among the 26 best writers of Western civilization,not only in Portuguese literature but also in English.

Of the four works he published during his lifetime, three are in English and only one in Portuguese, entitled Message.

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Lídia de Oliveira

Poet, family doctor and fitness instructor. Seeker of meaning, passion and creativity. Do you dare bringing poetry back with me?