Luís de Camões Poetry Analysis
During his lifetime, Luís de Camões never published his complete works. Many of his lyric poems were circulated as separata from admirer to admirer; many others were printed in the collective cancioneiros (songbooks), both during his day and posthumously. Those that the poet had collected in his personal Parnaso (Parnassus) were stolen from him. The first complete collection of Camões’s lyrics appeared under the editorship of Fernão Rodrigues Lobo Soropita in Lisbon in 1595; the first critical edition, prepared by José Maria Rodriques and Alfonso Lopes Vieira, did not appear until 1932.
Camões’s life was a continual via dolorosa, filled with love but also with sorrow and disaster. It was a life that taught him the entire gamut of tragic emotions, which his destiny called him to express in his lyrics. With very rare exceptions, Camões’s songs, odes, elegies, redondilhas, and sonnets are composed of the passion and anguish caused him by his misadventures throughout a considerable part of the then vast Portuguese Empire and transmitted by him directly and sincerely to his sensitive readers of all times. It is not surprising that such an unfortunate lyric poet should so ably and faithfully interpret the human heart. He does not move the reader with sensuous images or brilliant technique alone. Constantly transformed and vibrant in his pain, Camões pours the wealth of his own varied experiences and...
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