Until we started planning our trip to Portugal, I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of the country’s Fernando Pessoa—considered one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century.
Do you know him—or should I say do you know the four greatest Portuguese poets—all Pessoa writing under different names?
Pessoa means person in Portuguese. More than any poet, I think Pessoa reveals the nature of being a spectator observing your own composite person. “Each of us is several, is many, is a profusion of selves,” he wrote.