The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.


Lauching of bilingual edition of Camões's lyric poetry at the Luso-American Foundation, Lisbon

Sonnets and Other Poems, by Lu?s de Cam?esJune 1, 2009 – Dartmouth, MA. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announces the launching of Sonnets and Other Poems, by Luís de Camões, with translation by Richard Zenith, at the Luso-American Foundation, in Lisbon, on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 6:00 PM. Vasco Graça Moura, noted author, translator and member of the European Parliament, will present the book.

"Sonnets and Other Poems"—the third (hardcover) volume in the Adamastor Book Series (Victor K. Mendes, Editor)—is the first bilingual edition in English to offer a cross-section of lyric poetry by Portugal’s foremost author, Luís de Camões (the Shakespeare of the Portuguese language), whose great Renaissance epic, The Lusiads (1572), memorialized Vasco da Gama’s inaugural voyage to India (1497-99). A selection of forty sonnets is followed by poems using other metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, including terza rima, ottava rima, the sestina, the canzone, and the redondilha, a verse form typical of Portuguese folk poetry.
Richard Zenith’s fluid renditions, far from attempting to “update” Camões, closely adhere to the original text, employing modern English but resisting the temptation to expand on the relatively small and simple lexicon of the Portuguese. Along with discussing his method of translation, Zenith’s illuminating introduction shows how Camões’s life and work were intimately entwined. The publication of /Sonnets and Other Poems/ was made possible by generous support from the Luso-American Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of Portugal (Direcção Geral do Livro e das Bibliotecas).

Praise for Sonnets and Other Poems

For Michael Palmer, winner of the prestigious Wallace Stevens Prize for 2006, “Richard Zenith offers us an utterly vivid and immediate rendering of these lyrics, revealing anew their sustained vitality, psychological and emotional depth, and sheer inventiveness. For all who value the eternal lyric tradition, this collection should prove essential reading.” Helen Vendler, Harvard University professor and author of The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, avers that “Camões’s strength as a sonneteer lies not only in his limpid vocabulary and exquisite sense of cadence, but also in his exploration of the most obscure reaches of human consciousness, especially in the delineation of states of bafflement and anxiety. His technical command is supreme, and his range of stylistic experimentation—whether allegorical, pastoral, or erotic—continually exciting.”

Richard Zenith has won prizes from the PEN Club and the Academy of American Poets for his translations from the poetry of Portugal’s Fernando Pessoa and Brazil’s João Cabral de Melo Neto. He has published his own poetry in reviews, a book of short stories titled Terceiras Pessoas (2003), and numerous essays on Portuguese literature.

Forthcoming in Renaissance and Baroque studies in the Adamastor Book Series: "The Traveling Eye: Retrospection, Vision, and Prophecy in the Portuguese Renaissance", by Helder Macedo and Fernando Gil, and "The Sermon of Saint Anthony to the Fish and Other Texts", by António Vieira, with translation by Gregory Rabassa.

The publications of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture are available at, Baker Books in North Dartmouth, MA, and the UMass Dartmouth Campus Store.