Corruption, social upheaval and political excesses have accompanied us since the colonial period and are an important part of our history. Rebellion and Protest in Brazilian Poetry (ed. Nova Fronteira) addresses this Brazilian political scenario with 142 poems in an anthology organized by the critic and essayist André Seffren.
The book, with the participation of authors from different eras, tells the poetry of five centuries of political and social violence, with the startling irony that many bring to their texts, and even with pain and disappointment. Names like Gregorio de Matos. Tomas Antonio Gonzaga, Gonsalves Diaz, Castro Alves and Machado de Assis, as well as a new generation like Angelica Freitas and Mariana Janelli.
In the anthology, themes such as oppression, prejudice and injustice take a place even among poets not involved in social problems. Some of the poems show melancholy, such as Nisia Floresta Brasileira Augusta, Brazil’s forerunner of the struggle for women during the Republic and abolition.
“In this anthology, the fragility of poetry collides with corrupt politicians, inept magistrates, neglected civil servants, bureaucracy and other provincial blunders that still and always haunt us,” writes André Seffrin in his opening text.
These are the problems of today, but they also marked our history, because popular discontent is an old and always current reality, mainly due to the deep social inequality that the country suffers from.
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