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.
- The Lusiads (Gutenberg.org)
- The Lusiads (Librivox) (9hr 46)
translation by Richard Burton (1821 – 1890)