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João Cabral de Melo Neto

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Born: 9 January 1920 Died: 9 October 1999

Country of origin: Brazil


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Description: João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920–1999) was born in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, and is considered one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time. He is often quoted saying "I try not to perfume the flower". His works are said to be dry, devoid of exaggerated emotions that are usually associated with poetry, sticking usually to images and actions and physical descriptions rather than feelings. The image of an engineer designing a building is often used to describe his poetry. It usually follows a strict meter and assonant rhymes. He worked as a diplomat for most of his life. In 1990, he won the Camões ... (more)
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