Camilo Pessanha

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Camilo Pessanha

Camilo Pessanha (1867-1926) was a Portuguese poet. He is regarded as the most important representative of symbolism in Portuguese literature.[1]

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Camilo de Almeida Pessanha was born in Coimbra on 7 September 1867.[2] His parents were Francisco António de Almeida Pessanha and Maria do Espírito Santo Duarte Nunes Pereira.[2] He studied law at the university of Coimbra.[2] After finishing his studies he went to Macao, a Portuguese town in China. He worked as a teacher there. Pessanha became interested in Chinese culture. He learned Chinese.[1] He died in Macao on 1 March 1926. His death may have been caused by the poet's opium habit.[1]

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Camilo Pessanha is the author of only one poetic book. It is named Clépsidra and was published in 1922.[3] He also wrote some books about Chinese culture.[1] He collected some works of art in China.[1] He translated some classic Chinese poems, too.[1] Pessanha's works influenced Fernando Pessoa's poetry. He wrote chiefly sonnets.

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