Poesia e guerra: ação e melancolia em Vallejo e Drummond

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The relationship between poetry and war is a long-standing one and betokens the arcana of the genre, from the classical poetic diction to the hero’s failure in modernity. By contrasting Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s A Rosa do Povo to César Vallejo’s España, aparta de mí este cáliz, my aim is to understand how, as intellectuals, poets position themselves between melancholy and a virile voice, between the being’s waning from horror and impotence, and the ecstasy that presides over action. With the Second World War and the Spanish Civil War as backgrounds, the two poetics may reveal diverse forms of attention to the historical moment, and different forms of loyalty to its victims.

Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)197-214
Number of pages18
JournalEstudos Avancados
Issue number108
StatePublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  • Crisis of the hero
  • César Vallejo
  • Poetry and war
  • Second World War
  • Spanish Civil War


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