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Surviving Enchantment: Vasco da Gama’s First Voyage in Os Lusíadas—The Interplay between Experience and Classical Models

Surviving Enchantment: Vasco da Gama’s First Voyage in Os Lusíadas—The Interplay between Experience and Classical Models

Chapter:
(p.155) Chapter 8 Surviving Enchantment: Vasco da Gama’s First Voyage in Os Lusíadas—The Interplay between Experience and Classical Models
Source:
Trade and Romance
Author(s):
Michael Murrin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071602.003.0009

This chapter shows how Camões could claim to surpass his classical models. Poets like Vergil set their stories in the closed space of the Mediterranean Sea, but Camões was the poet of the oceans and therefore of greater wonders and marvels. Nothing on the ocean can compare to the onset of the southwest monsoon, which the poet presents in his poem, and he adds a mythological sequence to it.

Keywords:   Vergil, Aeneid, experience, monsoon, mythology

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