Olava Bilac

[Prince of Brazilian Poets] (16 December 1865 – 28 December 1918 / Rio de Janeiro)

Olava Bilac
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Olavo Brás Martins dos Guimarães Bilac (December 16, 1865 – December 28, 1918) was a Brazilian Parnassian poet, journalist and translator. Alongside Alberto de Oliveira and Raimundo Correia, he was a member of the "Parnassian Triad". Elected the "Prince of Brazilian Poets" in 1907 by the magazine Fon-Fon, he is famous for writing the lyrics of the Brazilian Flag Anthem. He founded and occupied the 15th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, from 1897 until his death in 1918.


Bilac was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, to Brás Martins dos Guimarães Bilac and Delfina Belmira dos Guimarães Bilac. As a young man, he was a brilliant student, ... more »

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  • Gabriel Gomez (7/13/2012 8:56:00 PM)

    His name is spelled wrong, it's Olavo Bilac (with o instead of a)

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