Haroldo deCampos


Haroldo de Campos (1929, São Paulo, Brazil – 2003, São Paulo) is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in Brazilian literature. In the 1950s, after completing his secondary education, together with his brother Augusto de Campos and Decio Pignatari, he initiated the journal Noigandres, introducing the concept of concrete poetry. His exploration of traditions and his attention to avant-garde movements have made his artistic work fundamental to international verbo-visual explorations. De Campos created what is known as an “object poem,” realized through the valorization of the relationship between the written word and the space of the page. Haroldo de Campos became a significant figure in Brazilian poetry through the decades, regarded as a poet with remarkable intertextual density and complexity. In addition to his own works, he also translated the writings of various other authors into Portuguese, including James Joyce, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Homer. An outstanding connoisseur of The Cantos, de Campos took part in the sixth workshop of the project “La Livre,” developed by Conz as a homage to Ezra Pound. In addition to receiving the Octavio Paz Prize from Mexico and the title of Doctor honoris causa from the University of Montreal in Canada, de Campos received the Prêmio Jabuti in 1991 and the Prêmio da Associação Paulista dos Críticos da Arte in 2009.

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