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Abreu, Casimiro de

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Casimiro José Marques de Abreu (January 4, 1839 – October 18, 1860) was a Brazilian poet, novelist and playwright, adept of the " Ultra-Romanticism " movement. He is famous for the poem "Meus oito anos" ("My eight-years-old").
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Alves, Castro

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Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves (14 March 1847 – 6 July 1871) was a Brazilian poet and playwright, famous for his abolitionist and republican poems. One of the most famous poets of the " Condorism ", he won the epithet of " O Poeta dos Escravos " (" The Poet of the Slaves ").
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Andrade, Oswald de

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José Oswald de Andrade Souza (January 11, 1890 – October 22, 1954) was a Brazilian poet and polemicist. He was born and spent most of his life in São Paulo .
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Anjos, Augusto dos

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Augusto de Carvalho Rodrigues dos Anjos (April 20, 1884 — November 12, 1914) was a Brazilian poet and professor. His poems speak mostly of sickness and death, and are considered to forerun the Modernism in Brazil.
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Assis, Machado de

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Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (Portuguese:  [w'ki m'i. m'adu d 'sis] ), often known as Machado de Assis, Machado, or Bruxo do Cosme Velho (June 21, 1839 – September 29, 1908), was a Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright, short story writer, and advocate of monarchism. Widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature, nevertheless he did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil in his own lifetime. He was multilingual, having taught himself French, English, German and Greek in later life.
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Azevedo, Álvares de

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Manuel Antônio Álvares de Azevedo (September 12, 1831 – April 25, 1852) was a Brazilian Romantic poet, short story writer, playwright and essayist. Adept of what was called in Brazil " Ultra-Romanticism ", his work is characterized by heavy dualism and morbidity, what gave him the epithet of "the Brazilian Lord Byron ".
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Azevedo, Artur de

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Artur Nabantino Gonçalves de Azevedo (7 July 1855 — 22 October 1908) was a Brazilian playwright, short story writer, chronicler, journalist and Parnassian poet. He is famous for consolidating in Brazil the "comedy of customs" genre, initiated by Martins Pena .
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Bacca, Ademir Antonio

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Ademir Antonio Bacca (born Serafina Corrêa / Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil ) is writer, poet and journalist.
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Bandeira, Manuel

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Manuel Carneiro de Sousa Bandeira Filho (Recife, Pernambuco, April 19, 1886 – Rio de Janeiro, October 13, 1968) was a poet, literary critic, and translator .
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Barbosa, Frederico

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Frederico Barbosa (born Recife, Pernambuco on February 20, 1961) is a Brazilian poet.
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Bilac, Olavo

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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 .
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Bopp, Raul

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Raul Bopp (born in Santa Maria (RS) on August 4, 1898; died in Rio de Janeiro on June 2, 1984) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat. He did diplomatic work in Japan and was a friend of Oswald de Andrade. Hence his Cobra Norato is an example of work based in the Manifesto Antropófago. In 1977 he won the Prêmio Machado de Assis .
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Campos, Haroldo de

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Haroldo de Campos (19 August 1929, São Paulo – 16 August 2003, São Paulo) was a Brazilian poet, critic, professor and translator. He is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Brazilian Literature since 1950. He did his secondary education at the Colégio São Bento, where he learned his first foreign languages (Latin, English, Spanish, French). He and his brother Augusto de Campos, together with Décio Pignatari, formed the poetic group Noigandres that published the experimental journal of the same name, which would launch the Brazilian movement of poesia concreta (concrete poetry). Haroldo received his doctorate from the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences of USP (Universidade de São Paulo), under the guidance of Antonio Candido. Haroldo was professor at the Catholic University, PUC-SP, and visiting professor at Yale and the University of Texas at Austin. His biography was included in the Encyclopædia Britannica in 1997 and he was awarded the Premio Octavio Paz de Poesia y Ensayo, Mexico, in 1999.
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Carvalho, Ronald de

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Ronald de Carvalho (May 16, 1893 - February 15, 1935) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat from Rio de Janeiro. A street in Rio is named for him.
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César, Ana Cristina

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Ana Cristina César (June 2, 1952 - October 29, 1983) was a poet and translator from Rio de Janeiro. She came from a middle-class Protestant background and was usually known as "Ana C." She had written since childhood and developed a strong interest in English literature. She spent some time in England in 1968 and, on returning to Brazil, she became a published author of note. The 1970s and early 1980s were the peak of her poetic career.
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Chamma, Kátya

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Kátya Pujals Chamma (born August 19, 1961) is a Brazilian songwriter, singer, poet, writer and cultural producer.
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Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Cláudio

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Cláudio Manuel da Costa (June 4, 1729 – July 4, 1789) was a Brazilian poet and musician, considered to be the introducer of the Neoclassicism in Brazil. He wrote under the pen name Glauceste Satúrnio, and his most famous work is the epic poem Vila Rica, that tells the history of the homonymous city, nowadays called Ouro Preto .
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Coralina, Cora

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Cora Coralina (Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto) was a Brazilian writer and poet .
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Correia, Raimundo

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Raimundo da Mota de Azevedo Correia (May 13, 1859 — September 13, 1911) was a Brazilian Parnassian poet, judge and magistrate. Alongside Alberto de Oliveira and Olavo Bilac, he was a member of the "Parnassian Triad".
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de Andrade, Mário

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Mário Raul de Morais Andrade (October 9, 1893 – February 25, 1945) was a Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist, art historian and critic, and photographer. One of the founders of Brazilian modernism, he virtually created modern Brazilian poetry with the publication of his Paulicéia Desvairada (Hallucinated City) in 1922. He has had an enormous influence on modern Brazilian literature, and as a scholar and essayist—he was a pioneer of the field of ethnomusicology—his influence has reached far beyond Brazil.. Brazilian poet novelist musicologist art historian and critic and photographer
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Domeneck, Ricardo

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Ricardo Domeneck is a contemporary Brazilian poet, visual artist and critic, born on July 4, 1977. Currently, the poet lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
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Dourado, Gustavo

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Gustavo Dourado (born 1960, Ibititá, Bahia ) is a Brazilian teacher, writer and poet. Counselor of the Writers' Union of PD and author of 13 books.
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Drummond de Andrade, Carlos

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Carlos Drummond de Andrade (October 31, 1902 – August 17, 1987) was perhaps the most influential Brazilian poet of the 20th century. He has become something of a national poet; his poem "Canção Amiga" ("Friendly Song") was printed on the 50 cruzados bill. He is considered to be among the greatest Brazilian poets of all time.
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Durão, Santa Rita

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José de Santa Rita Durão was a Colonial Brazilian Neoclassic poet, orator and Augustinian friar. He is considered a forerunner of the " Indianism " in the literature of Brazil, with his epic poem Caramuru .
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Freire, Junqueira

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Luís José Junqueira Freire (December 31, 1832 – June 24, 1855) was a Brazilian poet and Benedictine monk, adept of the " Ultra-Romanticism " movement and author of Inspirações do Claustro. He is the patron of the 25th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters .
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Gama, Basílio da

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José Basílio da Gama (April 10, 1740 — July 31, 1795) was a Portuguese poet and member of the Society of Jesus, born in the colony of Brazil, famous for the epic poem O Uraguai. He wrote under pen name Termindo Sipílio .
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Gonçalves Dias, Antonio

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Brazilian lyric poet, was born near the town of Caxias, in Maranhão.
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Gonzaga, Tomás Antônio

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Tomás António Gonzaga was a Portuguese -born Brazilian poet. One of the most famous Neoclassic colonial Brazilian writers, he was also the ouvidor and the ombudsman of the city of Ouro Preto (formerly "Vila Rica"), as well as the desembargador of the appeal court in Bahia. He wrote under the pen name Dirceu .
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Guimaraens, Alphonsus de

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Afonso Henrique da Costa Guimarães, known as Alphonsus de Guimaraens, (Ouro Preto, July 24, 1870— Mariana, July 15, 1921) was a Brazilian poet .
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Gullar, Ferreira

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Ferreira Gullar is the pen name for José Ribamar Ferreira (born September 10, 1930 in São Luís, Maranhão, Northeast Brazil ), a Brazilian poet, playwright, essayist, art critic, and television writer. In 1959, he formed the "Neo-Concretes" group of poets.
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Leminski, Paulo

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Paulo Leminski Filho (Curitiba, August 24, 1944 – Curitiba, June 7, 1989) was a Brazilian poet and writer. He took pride in being of mixed Polish and African descent.
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Lima, Jorge de

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Jorge Mateus de Lima (April 23, 1893, União dos Palmares - November 15, 1953, Rio de Janeiro ) was a Brazilian politician, physician, poet, novelist, biographer, essayist, translator and painter. His poetry was initially composed in Alexandrine form, but he later became a modernist .
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Márcio-André,

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Marcio-Andre (born March 2, 1978, Rio de Janeiro ) is a Brazilian writer, translator, performer, sound poet and theorist .
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Matos, Gregório de

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Gregório de Matos e Guerra (April 7, 1636 — November 26, 1696) was the most famous Colonial Brazilian Baroque poet. Although he wrote many lyrical and religious poems, he was more well known by his satirical ones, winning because of them the nickname " Boca do Inferno " (in English: Hell's Mouth).
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Meireles, Cecília

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Cecília Benevides de Carvalho Meireles (Rio de Janeiro, 1901–1964) was a Brazilian writer and educator, known principally as a poet. She is a canonical name of Brazilian Modernism, one of the great female poets in the Portuguese language, and is widely considered the best female poet from Brazil, though she combatted the word poetess because of gender discrimination .
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Meyer, Augusto

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Augusto Meyer (born in Porto Alegre on January 24, 1902; died in Rio de Janeiro on July 10, 1970) was a Brazilian poet, journalist, and folklorist. He won the Prêmio Machado de Assis in 1948.
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Moraes, Vinícius de

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Marcus Vinicius da Cruz e Mello Moraes (October 19, 1913 – July 9, 1980), also known as Vinícius de Moraes (Portuguese pronunciation:  [vi'nisius di mo'ajs] ) and nicknamed O Poetinha (the little poet ), was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Son of Lydia Cruz de Moraes and Clodoaldo Pereira da Silva Moraes, he was a seminal figure in contemporary Brazilian music. As a poet, he wrote lyrics for a great number of songs that became all-time classics. He was also a composer of bossa nova, a playwright, a diplomat and, as an interpreter of his own songs, he left several important albums .
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Nejar, Carlos

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Luis Carlos Verzoni Nejar, better known as Carlos Nejar (born January 11, 1939 in Porto Alegre ), is a Brazilian poet, author, translator and critic, and a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras. One of the most important poets of its generation, Nejar, also called "o poeta do pampa brasileiro", is distinguished for his use of an extensive vocabulary, aliteration, and pandeism. His first book, Sélesis, was published in 1960.
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Nery, Adalgisa

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Adalgisa Nery (October 29, 1905 – June 7, 1980) was a Brazilian poet, journalist and politician. She was born in Rio de Janeiro as Adalgisa Maria Feliciana Noel Cancela Ferreira, the daughter of a civil servant. In 1922 she married Ismael Nery (1900–1934), a painter and poet who introduced Adalgisa to a circle of Brazilian artists and intellectuals that included Manuel Bandeira, Jorge de Lima and Murilo Mendes. The Nerys lived in Europe from 1927 to 1929, where they met the artist Marc Chagall and the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Ismael died of tuberculosis in 1934, leaving Adalgisa with two sons.
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Neto, João Cabral de Melo

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João Cabral de Melo Neto (9 January 1920 – 9 October 1999) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat. He is considered one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time and was awarded the 1990 Camões Prize, the greatest prize in Portuguese language and the 1992 Neustadt International Prize for Literature .
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Neto, Torquato

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Torquato Pereira de Araújo Neto (November 9, 1944 – November 10, 1972) was a Brazilian journalist, poet and songwriter. He is perhaps best known as a lyricist for the Tropicália counterculture movement, which later expanded its influence to Música Popular Brasileira. He worked with Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Edu Lobo and Waly Salomão. He committed suicide at the age of 28.
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Oliveira, Alberto de

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Antônio Mariano de Oliveira (April 5, 1855 — January 5, 1937) was a Brazilian poet, pharmacist and professor, more well known by his pen name Alberto de Oliveira. Alongside Olavo Bilac and Raimundo Correia, he comprised the Brazilian " Parnassian Triad".
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Peixoto, Alvarenga

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Inácio José de Alvarenga Peixoto (1744 — 1793) was a Colonial Brazilian Neoclassic poet and a lawyer. He wrote under the pen name Eureste Fenício .
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Picchia, Menotti del

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Paulo Menotti Del Picchia (March 20, 1892 — August 23, 1988) was a Brazilian poet, journalist, and painter. He is associated with the Generation of 1922, the first generation of Brazilian modernists .
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Pignatari, Décio

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Décio Pignatari (August 20, 1927 – December 2, 2012) was a Brazilian poet, essayist and translator.
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Piva, Roberto

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Roberto Piva (September 25, 1937, São Paulo – July 3, 2010, São Paulo) was a Brazilian poet and writer. He died from complications from Parkinson's disease .
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Prado, Adélia

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Adélia Luzia Prado Freitas (born December 13, 1935), is a Brazilian writer and poet .
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Rabelo, Laurindo

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Laurindo José da Silva Rabelo (July 8, 1826 — September 28, 1864) was a Brazilian Ultra-Romantic poet, teacher and medician. Famous for his lundu lyrics and satires, he won the epithet of "the Brazilian Bocage ", and, because of his physical appearance, the nickname " Poeta-Lagartixa " (" Gecko -Poet").
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Ricardo, Cassiano

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Cassiano Ricardo (July 26, 1895 – January 14, 1974) was a Brazilian journalist, literary critic, and poet.
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Salomão, Waly

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Waly Dias Salomão (September 3, 1943 – May 5, 2003) was a Brazilian poet. He was born in Jequié, Bahia. He acted on several areas of Brazilian culture as poet, songwriter and writer. His first book was “Me segura qu’eu vou dar um troço” in 1972. His last book “Pescados Vivos” was published after his death in 2004. He wrote successful lyrics for Maria Bethânia, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso .
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