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Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage (1766-1805)

Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage (1766-1805), Portuguese poet. Barbosa composed sonnets that are among the finest in the Portuguese language. He was born in Setbal, Portugal, and when he was 15 years old he left school for military service. During the next ten years he served in both the army and navy, traveled extensively, and moved to Lisbon. Around 1790, Barbosa joined the literary circle known as the Nova Arcdia. In 1796, his book of poems, titled "A pavorosa illuso du eternidade" (The Fearful Illusion of Eternity), was published and he was imprisoned by the police on charges of expressing impious and revolutionary views. After his release he made a living doing translations. Scholars have noted that much of Barbosa`s work shows the marked influence of Portuguese poet Lus de Cames.

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