Medieval Islamic and later Portuguese poetry


Wednesday 11 April 2012 in Portugal.

After yesterday, today to the ancient fortress town on the south coast, Cacela Velha.

In various ways, the small town remembers one of its most famous inhabitants, Muslim poet Ibn Darraj al Qastalli (958-1030).

Ibn Darraj square in Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

A square was named after the poet.

Poem by Ibn Darraj on spring, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

One can read lines from a poem by Ibn Darraj on spring in Portuguese, English and French.

Poem by Ibn Darraj on spring,in Portuguese, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

Not far away, lines from that poem in Portuguese only.

Moroccan-Spanish society honours Ibn Darraj, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

The Moroccan-Spanish society also honours Ibn Darraj in Cacela Velha (though the poet was born in Portugal, he was of Moroccan Berber ancestry).

Later Portuguese poets are also honoured with streets named after them in this town.

Teresa Rita Lopes street sign, Cacela Velha, 11 April 2012

For instance, the poetess Teresa Rita Lopes, born in 1937, is honoured with this street sign.

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