Amar (To Love) by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

A poem by Brazil’s greatest 20th-century poet, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, from the documentary Meu Amor Virtual by Dutch filmmakers Jan Willem Looze and Marke Fekkes:

At more than 2,500 Brazilian women offer themselves to Western men. These days Brasileiras are no longer only interested in their own countrymen – most of these men are a little too free with their hands, have too little education and above all: no future. So modern Brazilian women have taken to the net, offering themselves in the hope of finding true love online.

The documentary Meu Amor Virtual shows the dreams, desires, hopes and fears of four of these women who set out looking for intercontinental, intercultural and Everlasting Love.

A higher-quality version of this clip in WMV format may be downloaded from the documentary’s website.

I thought the ending, with the statue of the poet on a park bench at Copacabana, was a really nice touch.


  1. Reply
    Oliveira Simões 31 December, 2014

    It’s a shame that you took such a beautiful poem by Brazil’s greatest poet to bash Brazilian men. I don’t think Drummond would agree with you. Shame, shame!!!

    • Reply
      Dave Bonta 1 January, 2015

      You’re right. There were a lot fewer good poetry videos to choose from when I posted this five years ago, but still, the parent documentary sounds sketchy (and probably racist) as hell. And even the section here is guilty of turning a good poem into kitsch with its boring, touristic shots.

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