Paulo Lowndes Marques
Literature and Art
This year of 1985 commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the death of one of Portugal's greatest poets, Fernando Pessoa (illustrated)
He went to primary school in South Africa and knew English well and indeed he wrote several poems in English.
One of his most famous works is an epic poem called Mensagem dedicated to the History of Portugal. Part of this is Mar Portuguese which is reproduced here, together with two translations; one by John Betjeman and one by Alan Goodison, a British diplomat at the Lisbon embassy.
Read the poem and translations here
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