Fausto Guedes

Fausto Guedes, born in Lamego in 11th October 1871, was the son of Viscount José Augusto Guedes Teixeira and Leopoldina de Queiroz Guedes.
Since he was a child he had shown a very emotional temperament, strongly influenced by the image of his mother, which would inspire most of his literary work.

In 1890 he goes to Coimbra to attend Law School. But he enjoys more the bohemian life than the masters’ classes and he only finishes Law School in 1899. However in Coimbra he was able to live in the same time that other poets like Augusto Gil and Eugénio de Castro. Cesário, Junqueiro, Victor Hugo and especially Alfred de Musset strongly influenced his work, shaping it into a romantic lyricism in which eroticism is emphasized, one of the traits of his passionate nature.   

After a troubled life of passions, he travels to Mozambique and Brazil and ends his days in an ascetic retreat in his hometown, accompanied by “Our Lady of Patience”, name the poet used to call his wife.  

Guedes Teixeira was truly the voice of the burning desires of the generations of the last decade of the 19th century. With a volatile heart, getting romantically drunk on absinth, the poems of this writer were full of emotionalism with a sincerity and an imaginative verbalism that draw us into his poems.
The “Poet of Love and Passion” dies in Lamego in 13th July 1940.

Main works:
Os Náufragos (1892); Livro d’Amor (1894); Mocidade Perdida (1896); Esperança Nossa (1899); Carta a um Poeta (1899); Saudades do Coração (1902); Alma Triste (1903); O Meu Livro (1908); Maria (1918); Sonetos de Amor (1922).

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