The Literary Origins of Surrealism: A New Mysticism in French Poetry

Anna Balakian


The Literary Origins of Surrealism: A New Mysticism in French Poetry

The Literary Origins of Surrealism: A New Mysticism in French Poetry

  • Title: The Literary Origins of Surrealism: A New Mysticism in French Poetry
  • Author: Anna Balakian
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Hardcover



At a time of intensified interest in the nature of the avant garde movements, here is Anna Balakian s first rate study of the founders of modern French poetry The sources of poetry of Breton, Aragon, Eluard, and a number of other surrealists are explored as they relate to French and German romanticism and to the brilliant poetic experiments of Lautreamont, Rimbaud, MalarmAt a time of intensified interest in the nature of the avant garde movements, here is Anna Balakian s first rate study of the founders of modern French poetry The sources of poetry of Breton, Aragon, Eluard, and a number of other surrealists are explored as they relate to French and German romanticism and to the brilliant poetic experiments of Lautreamont, Rimbaud, Malarme, Apollinaire, and the Dadaists These poets are examined against the background of the thought of their age as the author shows how their philosophical preoccupations and their poetic innovations grew out of a profoundly mystical vision of reality, a vision that transfigured traditional poetic themes and laid the groundwork for surrealist poetry.


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Balakian's detailed study of the literary origins of surrealism proves incredibly effective, and is clearly one of the better thoroughly researched references regarding surrealism in literature and its precursors. It serves as an operative tool-- for the surrealist historian-- in directly tracing the complex roots of surrealism, and helps identify the avant-garde movement of surrealism of which there is little known. Regarded as a stylistic revolution, the Surrealists designed a movement aimed t [...]


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