FAH-DPORT-CIELA: Portuguese corner guest lecture boya talk of the UM library: Camões and the world


Prof. Hélio Alves


8 Mar 2019


17:30 - 18:30


UM Library – Sky Garden, 2nd Floor



My late friend Landeg White, the first person in more than one hundred years to have published English translations of all of Camões’s poetic work, used to say and write that Camões was the first great European poet to have crossed the Equator and that his experience in the East made him discover what it meant to be himself.

When we think today about airplane travel, eating or drinking the same things in California, Southern Africa, Portugal or Macau, trading in money and goods, communicating through e-mails and smartphones, we don’t usually think about where all this came from. Yet it came mainly from a new awareness of the size and variety of the world and of human beings that was born around Camões’s lifetime and owes very much to Portuguese endeavours in opening the world to the world itself (mostrar novos mundos ao mundo).

In this sense, the poetry Camões wrote, in both epic and lyric forms, is one of the first and greatest poetry to result from an experience of world and life beyond anything known before. Camões’s wonder and realizations, as well as his difficulties and perplexities about what was profoundly new and different, are an essential part of what he means to the world citizens of today.


All are welcome




Prof. Mario Nunes
Tel: 8822 8908
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Email: marion@um.edu.mo