Roçando a língua de Camões: Reverência e dessacralização do idioma português em Caetano Veloso

Dário Borim Jr.


This study examines the presence of the Portuguese language as a theme in Caetano Veloso’s songwriting, prose, and interviews. Focusing specifically on two of his songs, “É proibido proibir” and “Língua,” the discussion aims to discern Veloso’s contradictory stance on language, aesthetics and ideology. For contextualization and further insight into Veloso’s linguistics and cultural politics, his views are compared to those of Olavo Bilac, in his poem “Língua portuguesa,” and to those of Fernando Pessoa, in his books Mensagem and A língua portuguesa.


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