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photographed in 1914
|Occupation||Poet, writer and translator|
|Language||Portuguese, English (bilingual)|
Pessoa is considered one of the greatest Portuguese poets. He has been compared to Luís Vaz de Camões. His works reflect the infuence of classic tradition and French symbolism and his poetry reflects nostalgia.
He is famous for having written under 73 different names. Each had its own presumed biography, physical qualities, relationship to the others, poetic voice, and point of view. Pessoa believed that a person could have more than one integrated personality. His work was also influenced by the English language which he learned in South Africa, where he spent a great part of his youth.
Among Pessoa's poems in English, there are Sonnets (1918), English Poems (1922), and Mensagem (1934).