Uma leitura da modernidade em José de Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Vivaldo A. Santos


This article analyzes the book José by the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade, focusing on the return of individualism in his poetry. I propose that his individualism makes a transition from its place in his prior works to that of a generic one. Drummond expresses this by emphasizing the social changes, rationalization, and the impact of modernization on the human subject. With special attention to the experience of the self in the urban context, I point out how his view of the modern city is key to understanding his nihilism and, most importantly, his tragic view of modernity.


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