Thursday, December 4, 2008

Poets in the park (II)

Vitorino Nemésio (1901-1978)
Camilo Pessanha (1867-1926)Jorge de Sena (1919-1978)
See previous posts for more photos and some information.

21 comments:

Olivier said...

trois superbes statues, avec une préférence pour celle de Fernando Pessoa.
three superb statues. With a priority for that of Fernando Pessoa.

Jessica said...

Very cool. I love the first shot, it looks like he's really looking at you!

Tanya said...

They are all so wonderful and each so unique!

PJ said...

I love this one especially, the figure in the top is just waiting for a story to be written about him.

nobu said...

I think thoes statues have modern sence.
Thoes are cool and impressive.

willow said...

Pessoa is so cool! Wow!! I am loving these posts.

Hilda said...

I like the Nemésio sculpture — it's weird. ;D

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mkhansen said...

These are fascinating. I particularly like the setting for Vitorino Nemésio. I'm curious, JM -- if you were a poet (perhaps you are), which of the settings would you most want for your statue?

JM said...

Hilda and Mkhansen, I also find the setting for Vitorino Nemésio very interesting although the statue can look weird, but as he was an islander from the Azores Archipelago, I can see an island and all the sea waves... but that's just me, thinking! :-)))

No, I'm not a poet! :-) But if I was I would like to be surrounded by the succulent garden as Manuel Alegre on the previous post is, cause I really am a cacti and other succulent plants lover. :-)

mkhansen said...

Oops - I goofed and mixed up the captions. I meant to say I'm drawn to the setting for Camilo Pessanha. (Like Babzy yesterday, I'm embarrassed to say I don't know any of these poets.) The statue of Vitorino Nemésio makes me feel nervous - maybe his poetry would, too.

The way you shot the Manuel Alegre statue makes him lord of the park, I think.

JM, your photographs make me eager to visit Portugal!

JM said...

Mkhansen, there are so many fantastic writers all over the world we can not know them all... Anyway, just for your knowledge I can tell you Fernando Pessoa (1st photo) is 'THE' icon of portuguese contemporary literature, also considered along with Pablo Neruda, the most representative of the 20th century poetry. Here is a link about him you may be interested in reading: http://www.booksfactory.com/writers/pessoa.htm

Mo said...

I love places that honour their artists. Clearly Oeiras does.

rob said...

What about Saramago?

Joy said...

More inspiring images! Love them.

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JM said...

Rob, that's a very good question. Well, actually, José Saramago, Nobel Prize for literature (1998), has written 3 poetry books only among more than 35 works. I guess that's why he can't be seen as a poet, like all the other 20writers who got a statue in the park...

Jules said...

Hi JM - this place is just so cool - I just adore a country who celebrates its writers so!!!

Glad you liked my photo!!! You are welcome anytime and I have a spare toothbrush!!! This was taken from my deck so a gin and tonic and a toothbrush are all you need!!!! On second thoughts who cares about the toothbrush.

mkhansen said...

JM - Thank you for directing me to that link on Fernando Pessoa. He sounds like a complex and interesting man. English speakers can get a taste of his English poetry here. It's worth it.

Babzy said...

nice sculptures ,and one poet i know ...Fernando Pessoa ;)

babooshka said...

I do think this is such a wonderful idea. Culture aand nature hand in hand.

Hyde DP said...

That is a fascinating group of statues - Pessoa is the only one I'm familar with.

Marie-Noyale said...

Sorry I missed so many of your posts.
Rarely do we see a tribute to Poets, like this park in your town.
What a great idea!
I see you have left a link to know more about them. I am going to have a look,because apart from Saramago that I enjoy I don't know the others real poets.