Luís de Camões, Os Lusíadas [The Lusiads]

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Os Lusíadas

, published in Lisbon in 1572, is an epic poem in ten cantos written in decasyllabic ottava rima with rhyme scheme ABABABCC by Luís de Camões (1524?-1580) and considered one of the foremost works of world literature. Prime sources for its study are Manuel Faria e Sousa’s commented edition (Madrid, 1639; rpt.

Lusíadas de Luís de Camões, Comentadas por Manuel de Faria e Sousa

, Introdução de Jorge de Sena, Lisboa, 1972) and the recent

Dicionário de Luís de Camões

compiled by Vítor Aguiar e Silva (Lisbon, 2011). The title, “Lusíadas”, is a neologism referring to the deeds of the Portuguese people. C.W. Bowra compares the epic with Virgil, Tasso, and Milton (

From Virgil to Milton

, London, 1945); in Portugal it is considered to be the greatest work in the national…

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Citation: Jackson, Kenneth David. "Os Lusíadas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 February 2014 [, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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