I thought to have a couple of posts on some aspects of the Portuguese culture. There are so many influences of other cultures on this country that is 871 years old. I will start with a great figure…
Portugal gave to the world a great Poet: Fernando Pessoa (06/1888-11/1935). He used three different ways to express himself using different names. Through them Fernando described life.
1) Ricardo Reis: doctor born in 1887 that emigrated to Brazil;
2) Alberto Caeiro: Portuguese without formal education. He was born is Lisbon but moved to the country side;
3) Alvaro de Campos: a naval engineer born in 1890.
According to the personality Fernando was using, he would have a particular style of composing. He has an Statue in Lisbon (Largo do Chiado) in front of the Brazilian Cafe I had the opportunity to visit (A Brasileira). He use to sit there to write or meet his friends.
To my surprise and our delight he has a poem about sheep!
In 1914 Fernando wrote “The Keeper of Sheep”
I never kept sheep,
But it’s as if I’d done so.
My soul is like a shepherd.
It knows wind and sun
Walking hand in hand with the Seasons
Observing, and following along.