Masterpieces of World Literature – VI Os Lusíadas

Notes for week 6,  Masterpieces of World Literature (or Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature and Modern Masterpieces of World Literature) by David Damrosch and Martin Puchner from HarvardX: HUM12x on edX.


The First National Epic

Luís Vaz de Camões (c. 1524/5 – 1580)

The poem consists of ten cantos, each with a different number of stanzas (1102 in total). It is written in the decasyllabic ottava rima, which has the rhyme scheme ABABABCC, and contains a total of 8816 lines of verse.



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