In the article, Ricardo Reis is described as one of the pseudonyms of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. However, Ricardo Reis is instead one of his heteronyms. From the introduction to a book of his poetry: 'He (Fernando Pessoa) accepted the dividedness of a human self so completely that he did something unique: wrote poetry under four names - his own and three 'heteronyms'. Not pseudonyms: they are imaginary poets with real poems in them. Fernando Pessoa was four poets in one: Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, Alvaro de Campos and himself; each strongly distinct from the others.'
Maybe the Independent would like to tell its readers more about this fascinating poet(s).
ELSA MARIA JOAO
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