Professor Charles A. Perrone, of the University of Florida, has written this comprehensive survey, Seven Faces: Brazilian Poetry Since Modernism, in which he has this to say regarding João Guimarães Rosa, Poet.
“While he did not publish a book of poetry in his lifetime, the master linguist Rosa influenced all artists of the word in Brazil with his inventive stylings. Largely working out of archaic rural settings, Rosa was universal and cosmopolitan, having elaborated wholly modern texts with transcendental dimensions. Poets appreciate his workings with verbal materiality, sound strata, portmanteau words, neologisms, creations on the basis of foreign languages, and other features. The impact of this Joycean figure on writers’ consciousness in Brazil is at times subtle yet always true.”