Literature arose in the early days of mankind, and manifested itself primarily in oral form when writing was still unknown.

Today we can say that what distinguishes a literary text from a non-literary text is its main objective and its language.

A literary text is a form of artistic expression that demonstrates reality through the subjective look of the author, using a poetic, lyrical language. Being linked directly to art depends on the imagination of the artist expressing himself using his personal emotions and his own values or the object portrayed.

A non-literary text has an informative function that uses an impersonal and objective language.

In artistic and philosophical terms we can apply several definitions to the concept of literature, since, according to Nuno Ramalho, literature is born long before it materializes in a text:

A gesture is literature, everything that happens, deep down is capable of becoming literary.

Portuguese poet and chronicler, Nuno Ramalho, is the guest artist of the seventh episode of “What Would The World Be Without?”, where he presents his personal look on the wonderful art of writing.

Nuno Ramalho

Born on January 2, 1989 in Lisbon, Nuno Ramalho is a young and talented poet and chronicler who, as he says, from an early age, uses literature as a bridge that tries to build between the person who he is and the person who he seeks to be.

He admires and draws inspiration from authors like: Rainer Maria Rilke, Herberto Helder, Cesare Pavese e Rabindranath Tagore.

His works have been published in several blogs and writes chronicles for magazines. He has also worked as a ghostwriter, especially in the elaboration of articles and prefaces.


Not being able to dissociate life from literature, Nuno Ramalho believes that even if in the distant future there is no writing, as we know it today, “Literature” will never cease to exist.

Nuno’s blog


Learn more about this unprecedented On•Z project

‘What would the world be without?’ is a documentary series about the eleven most present arts nowadays.

On•Z and Weedoo Studio of Arts and Films have developed this project, which counts on the participation of artists of different nationalities, so that we can understand the importance of the arts, not only in Brazil but worldwide. This series is born with the intention of making us reflect on the influence caused by each art, both in the development of humanity throughout the ages and their impact on the life of each human being, and in the transformation of the world and society as a whole , leaving the question in the air so that each one tries to answer individually: “WHAT WOULD THE WORLD BE WITHOUT?” [the arts].

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