André Breton called Césaire’s Cahier ‘nothing less than the greatest lyrical Notebook of a Return to My Native Land () is the foundation stone of. Aime Cesaire’s epic poem “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land” can be difficult to decipher due to Cesaire’s unusual usage of metaphor. This is one of the classic texts of the Négritude movement, which valorized black culture and identity. In this part of the long poem, Césaire, who is Martinican.

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I fucking cannot stand it when some white dingbat piece rrturn shit goes on Fox News and starts talking about the glory of the white race, and how– a I’m writing this review because I “finished” the poem, and I’m giving it four stars because it’s powerful stuff, like Walt Whitman in how beautifully it ties together the political and the personal and the universal.

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land [excerpt]

Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. I want to say storm.

What I can only call Cesaire’s “freedom rage” is expressed by the choice of getting free of traditional poetry rules. In order to create a new identity that is more than just fantasy or wishful thinking, off narrator must accept both his African heritage as well as the legacy of slavery, poverty, and colonialism.

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The redefinition of Black consciousness is compelling and vital to understanding and growing self-awareness. Published September 24th by Wesleyan first published I live for the flattest part of my soul.


In Martinique became an Overseas Department of France and finally simply a department in He was deeply involved in the struggle for French West Indian rights and served as the deputy to the French National Assembly. This attempt went against the prevalent policy of assimilation, which was viewed as the only viable solution for colonised people.

It’s the cry of the new “negritude”, the cry of the chained man who decides to get free of his chains.

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I would say river. And, of course, one of the weirdest.

I remember that reading Cahier d’un retour au ,and natal was so difficult, but absolutely worthwhile. Writes Cesaire in the final pages of the poem:.

I would say tree, I would be drenched by all rains, moistened by all dews.

Elements of the negritude movement are very evident as notrbook. We ot been reading Cesair La tragedie de Roi Christophe thus this was a very interesting followup, I look forward to more. I found the book, convenient in its parallel text, usefully translated, and a positive journey into the Caribbean.

I’m not gonna write much else, though, because I don’t think I’m really finished with it. Cesaire played a role in his country’s politics as a member of the Rehurn Party and later forming the Parti Progressiste Martinuqais.

The content will sucker punch you. Upon closer analysis, it appears that negritude is more than a simple state, concept, or theory, but an action pertaining to intense self-analysis and redefinition.


Quotes from Notebook of a Ret It’s interesting to read his blunt language against or alongside the more familiar evocations of that landscape by Anglophone poets such as Derek Walcott:. However, there was so much power and imagery in Cesaire’s words it was kind of hard not to be impressed by his use of metaphor and rhythm, especially in a subject that is close to my heart: In his Cahier, he explores his roots in his native Martinique and looks with an often angry voice at the repression of his fellow islanders.

Its wood is used in joiners] and as for me, my heart, make me not into a father nor a brother, nor a son, but into the father, the brother, the son, nor a husband, but the lover of this unique people.

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Although the speaker fo returned from his time abroad. So much blood in my memory! The narrator of the poem is unable to create an idea of a people based solely on African heritage and tradition, for as he states:.

At the end of daybreak. It’s also a war cry coming from the heart, and Cesaire’s choice of weapon are words.