Mobilidade e ruína em “Navios” de Cruz e Sousa

Jefferson Agostini Mello


João da Cruz e Sousa (1861–1889), one of the most important poets of nineteenth century Brazilian literature, was considered by early critics as an author unconcerned about the social world. But since Roger Bastide’s analysis of his work, some critics have noted an acute sense of reality in Cruz e Sousa’s poems. Following these new interpretations, and through a close reading of “Navios” – from Missal (1893) – we try to understand here the links between literature, impressionist art and society in Cruz e Sousa’s prose poem.


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