Antônio Gonçalves Dias

(10 August 1823 - 3 November 1864 / Caxias)

Antônio Gonçalves Dias
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Antônio Gonçalves Dias was a Brazilian Romantic poet, playwright and linguist. A major exponent of the Brazilian Romanticism and of the literary tradition known as "Indianism", he is famous for writing the poem "Canção do exílio", arguably the most well-known poem of the Brazilian literature, the short epic poem I-Juca-Pirama, and many other nationalist and patriotic poems that would later give him the title of national poet of Brazil. He was also an avid researcher of the Brazilian indigenous languages and folklore.

He is the patron of the 15th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.


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  • Lucianne Fasolo (9/30/2007 4:56:00 PM)

    He was one of the most famous Brazilian poets of all time... but I'm actually not too fond of his poems. They're too romantic to me, in a sticky kind of way sometimes, lol.

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Best Poem of Antônio Gonçalves Dias

Seus Olhos

Seus olhos tão negros, tão belos, tão puros,
De vivo luzir,
Estrelas incertas, que as águas dormentes
Do mar vão ferir;

Seus olhos tão negros, tão belos, tão puros,
Têm meiga expressão,
Mais doce que a brisa, — mais doce que o nauta
De noite cantando, — mais doce que a frauta
Quebrando a solidão,

Seus olhos tão negros, tão belos, tão puros,
De vivo luzir,
São meigos infantes, gentis, engraçados
Brincando a sorrir.

São meigos infantes, brincando, saltando
Em jogo infantil,
Inquietos, travessos; — causando tormento,
Com ...

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