TITLE

The Poetic Legacy of Aimé Césaire

AUTHOR(S)
Irele, Francis Abiola
PUB. DATE
November 2009
SOURCE
French Politics, Culture & Society;Winter2009, Vol. 27 Issue 3, p81
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the poetry of French poet Aimé Césaire. Césaire's relationship with his friend and fellow black poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is examined in terms of the two men's shared poetic theme of emancipation from the cultural policy of assimilation within France's colonies. Césaire's influence on African poets in the period immediately before and after national independence for most African countries in the 1960s, including David Diop, is considered. Césaire's influence on Caribbean intellectual life, both in his native Martinique and elsewhere, is examined. It is posited that Césaire's poetry was a significant factor in the work of social theorist Frantz Fanon.
ACCESSION #
48303461

 

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