Of Literature as a Composition of the Disparate and its Political Implications

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This paper aims to study the problem of the indirect relationship between poetry and politics, taking as a starting point a reading of some poems by Portuguese poets (Fernando Pessoa, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Carlos de Oliveira, Luiza Neto Jorge, and a poet who presents himself under the name Theodore Fraenckel). To this end it constructs a perspective in which the inscription of the other as other is affirmed as a condition for writing and reading from which there flows a persistent dispersal of meaning. An analysis of this dispersion allows us to highlight how reason and imagination unfold each other to move away from the aesthetics of appearance, showing themselves to be inseparable in the poetic establishment of spaces for reply and solicitation that make an imponderable opening of the aesthetic to the ethical-political.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-146
Number of pages15
JournalPortuguese Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Poetry
  • diversity
  • dispersion
  • justice
  • political implication


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