12 Curiosities about Carlos Drummond de Andrade

Carlos Drummond de Andrade was born on October 31, 1902 in Rio de Janeiro. He was poet, short story and chronicler, and one of the main poets of the second generation of Brazilian Modernism.

He is considered by many the most influential Poet of his time.

1. Despite being a poet Carlos Drummond was trained in Pharmacy, but never exercised the profession.

2. Gained his first job still young, worked as a cashier in a store.

3. He founded a magazine after graduating to help spread Modernism in Brazil.

4. When he was 28 he published his first poetic work: Some Poetry (1930). The book reached only 500 copies purchased by Carlos Drummond himself

5. The poet also translated very well. So much so did the translation of Beatles songs to be published in a magazine called Reality.

6. Carlos Drummond knew how to imitate the words of the people and falsified the signature of his boss.

7. The writer also had a mania for pruning paper and cloth, he would say: “If you do not do it, I’ll go out and kill people on the street.”

8. He liked Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim and other Brazilian musicians, but he seemed to have a predilection for Chico Buarque.

9. His last poetic work is called Farewell, which means “farewell.”

10. Carlos Drummond died of heart attack 12 days after the death of his daughter Maria Julieta who died of cancer.

11. A note of 50 new crusaders with an effigy of his own was circulated from 1988 and 1990.

12. A statue was placed on the beach of Copacabana, in Rio de Janeiro, in his honor.

Sources: Sabedoria & Cia, Wikipédia, Brasil Escola, Educar para Crescer, Folha de S. Paulo.

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