A lente incerta da poesia: Herberto Helder e Fernando Lemos

Translated title of the contribution: Poetry’s uncertain lens: Herberto Helder e Fernando Lemos

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Herberto Helder’s work contributes to think about the relations between poetry and other arts, such as photography and cinema. This article explores a possible way of these connections based on the poem “Retratíssimo ou narração de um homem depois de maio”, extending the reading of Helder’s text to a photographic work, the self-portrait “Eu poeta ” by Fernando Lemos. Considering that Helder presents a “Retratoblíquo” in which he includes the expression “Julgo ser eu”, advocating the figurative uncertainty of the poem, this paper proposes an amplification of the obliquity of the poetic self-portrait to show that the self-portraying ambiguity may suggest the crossing of different artistic objects in the eyes of the reader.
Translated title of the contributionPoetry’s uncertain lens: Herberto Helder e Fernando Lemos
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)27-38
Number of pages12
JournalLetras de Hoje
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2020


  • Poetry
  • Photography
  • Self-portrait
  • Herberto Helder
  • Fernando Lemos


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