Sound as Subject: Augusto De Gavpos's <i>Poetamenos</i>

Antonio Sergio Bessa

in The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780226657424
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226657448 | DOI:
Sound as Subject: Augusto De Gavpos's Poetamenos

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The poetry of Augusto de Campos has persistently pursued a kind of writing fused with music. His microsequence of sparsely diagrammed poems Poetamenos helped launch concretism in Brazil and was admittedly inspired by Anton Webern's concept of Klangfarbenmelodie (tone-color-melody). The idea of mirror-forms had a great, long-lasting impact on Augusto de Campos's development of a concrete poetics. In Poetamenos, despite the fact that it's not addressed in the preamble, mirror-form technique is used to different effects, and throughout his career de Campos has refined Webern's practice, quite literally transposing it into poetic terms. Poetamenos is thus, a series that is remarkable, paradoxically enough, for both its concision and its opulence, its restrained formalism concealing a torrent of emotions.

Keywords: Poetamenos; Augusto de Campos; music; mirror-forms; concision; opulence

Chapter.  6235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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