João Cabral de Melo Neto





João Cabral de Melo Neto

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born
in Recife, Brazil
January 09, 1920

died
October 09, 1999

gender
male

genre

influences
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About this author

João Cabral de Melo Neto 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 Prize, the greatest prize in literature of the Portuguese language. In 1992, João Cabral received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, which s...more


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More books by João Cabral de Melo Neto…
“Instead of the final judgement, what worries me is the final dream.”
João Cabral de Melo Neto
tags: fear

“Forge your iron; shape it by force,
not into a flower you already know
but into what can also be a flower
if you think it is and it is so.”
João Cabral de Melo Neto, Education by Stone

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