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Desejo a vocês Posted by on Apr 8, 2011

Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987) is one of Brazil’s most celebrated modern poets. We’ve read a bit of his work before, but today, we’re going to look at one of his untitled poems and learn some vocabulary. It’s simple and straight forward, and it’s also emblematic of Brazilian culture. Desejo a vocês Fruto do mato…

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Canção do exílio Posted by on Feb 11, 2011

Since we’ve been discussing expats and poetry this week, I thought we could take a look at another poem, one of the most beautiful in Brazilian literature. Thanks for the suggestion from one of our users, who posted the poem on the Portuguese Blog Facebook page. “Exile Song” is one of Brazil’s most famous poems…

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Elizabeth Bishop Posted by on Feb 10, 2011

As those of our non-Brazilian students may know, once you fall in love with Brazil, there’s no going back, and sometimes you end up staying longer than you expect. Such was the case with one of the United States’ most brilliant poets, Elizabeth Bishop. Bishop (1911-1979) was born in Massachusetts, and traveled extensively after graduating…

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Brazilian Profile: Carlos Drummond de Andrade Posted by on Oct 14, 2010

Carlos Drummond de Andrade is one of Brazil’s most beloved poets, and is considered one of Brazil’s most important writers. Born in Minas Gerais, the son of farmers, he grew up in a rural area of Brazil and then attended college in Belo Horizonte to study pharmacology. He would never become a pharmacist, though; he…

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Poetry in Portuguese | “Círculo Vicioso” by Machado de Assis Posted by on Jun 9, 2010

I’m reading a book called, “Como Transformar Defeitos em Virtudes,” and it claims to be a good humored view on the seven deadly sins… which so far it is!  And each chapter for each sin starts off with a poem. The first chapter starts off with a poem by Machado de Assis, one of Brazil’s…

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Poetry Practice – Círculo de Aguinaldo Fonseca Posted by on Feb 28, 2010

One important thing to remember when learning Portuguese is that the Lusophone world is goes much further than Brazil and Portugal.  Cape Verde is a lusophonic country, with Portuguese being one of its official languages, and has an extremely rich culture, especially in its literature and music.  Although some music and poetry is found in…

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