Camoens, Luis Vaz de
Poet and dramatist, born probably Lisbon.
He was educated at the University of Coimbra.
After a varied career spent mostly in exile, he returned to Lisbon, 1570, where he published his epic poem "," dedicating it to the king, for which he received a small pension.
The central point of his work is the voyage and discovery of his kinsman, Vasco da Gama.
He is the outstanding figure of Portuguese literature, a master of poetic style and diction and is remarkable for his lyrics, but less noteworthy for his dramas.
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