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History of Portuguese Literature Origins of Portuguese Literature The Portuguese Language Oral Literature Fiction Lyricism
Travel Literature Cantigas de amigo Historiography Doctrinal Prose


Baroque and Mannerism Classics Existentialism Experimentalism Enlightenment Modernity


Neo-Realism Post-Modernism Realism Romanticism Saudosismo Symbolism




"Melancolia" (Melancholy, 1942), 
oil painting by António Dacosta [1914-1990]

Surrealism, which made a very belated appearance in Portuguese literature, was represented by great poets (António Pedro, Manuel de Lima, Mário-Henrique Leiria, Mário Cesariny) and had a major impact on the configuration of the poetic discourse of modernity, ranging from Herberto Helder to the group of writers associated with the publication of Poesia-61 (Gastão Cruz, Fiama Hasse Pais Brandão, Luiza Neto Jorge, Maria Teresa Horta), not forgetting Ruy Belo, Casimiro de Brito and João Rui de Sousa.

It favoured the free association of words and unusual semantic relations, establishing the primacy of the imagination.



The fly Albertina, which he was taming.
Now comes to the paper, like an insect-insult,
But pretending that the poet was waiting for her...

Almost a woman and very much a fly,
Albertina wants the poet for herself,
Wants the poet verseless.
That is why she lingers, fly-woman, around there...

Alexandre O'Neill


Phonetic location:
a) The summit: where it is summed. Pop.:
sum it now.
b) of Airfallmakes (earthquake): the air (that)
falls, makes (produces) an earthquake. It makes a quake:
the air falls. When the air falls, what remains is the fallmakeschism, which gives falls, gives a quake, and removes the air that has fallen. That is why it is said that there is no air where there is somebody making an earthquake, even though he may suffischism the prefix unto himself, which
will give the FALLMAKESCHISMATION, the sublimation of the schism of Fallmakes.

Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos, Poesia, 1961

© Instituto Camões, 2001