Neustadt International Prize

1992 - João Cabral de Melo Neto

Born: 9 January 1920, Recife, Brazil

Died: 9 October 1999

Author's Quote : "Instead of the final judgement, what worries me is the final dream."

Field: Essayist, Novelist

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By João Cabral de Melo Neto

About João Cabral de Melo Neto

João Cabral de Melo Neto was a Brazilian poet and diplomat. He is considered one of the greatest Brazilian poets of all time and was awarded the 1990 Camões Prize, the greatest prize in Portuguese language and the 1992 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

Melo Neto was born in Recife, Pernambuco, and died in Rio de Janeiro, and worked as a diplomat for most of his life. He occupied the 37th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 1968 until his death in 1999. He is often quoted as saying "I try not to perfume the flower". His works are said to be dry, devoid of the exaggerated emotions that are usually associated with poetry, sticking instead to images, actions and physical descriptions rather than feelings. The image of an engineer designing a building is often used to describe his poetry. It usually follows a strict meter and assonant rhymes.

His poetry, ranging from a tendency to surrealist folk poetry, but characterized by esthetic rigor with a confessional poems averse and marked by the use of rhymes, inaugurated a new form of poetry in Brazil. Brother of the historian Evaldo Cabral de Melo and cousin of the poet Manuel Bandeira and the sociologist Gilberto Freyre, Cabral was a friend of the painter Joan Miró and the poet Joan Brossa. A member of the Pernambuco Academy of Arts and the Brazilian Academy of Letters, he was awarded several literary prizes. When he died in 1999, it was speculated that he was a strong contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He was married to Stella Maria Barbosa de Oliveira, with whom he had the children Rodrigo, Inez, Luiz, Isabel and João. His second marriage was in 1986, to the poet Marly de Oliveira.


Education by Stone: Selected Poems - João Cabral de Melo Neto

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"Education By Stone" is a compilation of verse by Brazillian poetry Joao Cabral de melo Neto that perfectly presents and showcases a unique literary talent. Ably translated into English by Richard Zenith, "Education By Stone" offers a poetic landscape that focuses upon the seemingly trivial and intransigent and discovering more than meets the `mind's eye'. Especially commended as an addition to scholarly and academic library International Poetry collections, "Education By Stone" will be read with reflective enjoyment by non-specialist general readers with an interest in finely formed verse that resonates both emotionally and conceptually.

Education by Stone: Selected Poems - João Cabral de Melo Neto

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In my opinion, one of the greatest poets of all time writes some of the greatest poems of all poetry. Well worth the time I spent reading!