Complete summary of André Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Manifesto of Surrealism. Andre Breton discusses the meaning, aims, and political position of the Surrealist movement. Manifestoes of Surrealism has ratings and 58 reviews. Manifestoes of Surrealism is a book by André Breton, describing the aims, meaning, and political .

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She is less a character than a continual temptation. It paces back and forth in a cage from which it is more and more difficult to surrealisj it anrde. Lists with This Book. I will be convicted of poetic deceit: I hasten to add that the surrealist techniques of the future do not concern me.

Thus as opposed to what, I think that the interest of the book is anecdotic. My time must not be its time, why should this voice help me resolve the childish problem of my destiny? I am growing old and, more than that reality to which I believe I subject myself, it is perhaps the dream, the difference with which I treat the dream, which makes me grow old.

Since that day, I have had occasion to focus my attention at will on similar apparitions, and I know they are just as clear as auditory phenomena.

Surrealist methods moreover, demand to be elaborated. I would like to stress the point: It also is, if you like, an artificial paradise, and the taste one has for it derives from Baudelaire’s criticism for the same reason as the others. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It is, in fact, difficult to appreciate fairly the various elements present: A necessary read for those interested in Surrealism. It results in lengthy statements whose persuasive force derives from their very strangeness, and only impress the reader by recourse to an abstract vocabulary, which is moreover quite ill-defined.


He was merely a precursor, a prophet of sorts. I prefer one to be silent, when one ceases to feel. Poetic Surrealism, which is the subject of this study, has focused its efforts up to this point on reestablishing dialogue in its absolute truth, by freeing both interlocutors from any obligations and politeness.

Truly the phrase astonished me; I have unfortunately been unable to recapture it precisely even today; but it was something like: And a feather is all it takes to make me die laughing.

Manifesto of Surrealism

Oddly, the surrealist concept seems to work in many of the visual fields, but not lit. Analysts themselves have everything to gain from it. Knut Hamson attributes this kind of revelation of manifetso I was the recipient as deriving from hunger, and he durrealism be right, since it is true I did not eat every day during that period of my life.

Poetically speaking, they strike you above all by a high degree of instantaneous absurdity, the quality of this absurdity, on closer examination, being to make room for everything admissible, legitimate in the world: You will take me farther than I have been able to go, and your arms will be roaring grottoes full of pretty animals and ermines.

The world returns to a sack reveal the slightest degree of premeditation. It scarcely dares express itself and, if it does, it confines itself to verifying that such and such an idea, or such and such a woman, has made an impression on it. Man proposes and disposes. The latter, more poetic in fact than the former, admittedly implies on the part of man a kind of monstrous pride which, admittedly, is monstrous, but not a new and more complete decay.

André Breton

In modern art whether literature, movie, television there is an influence of surrealism but not surrealist art. Man proposes and disposes. They are a scrupulously honest tribe, whose innocence has no peer but my own. I simply say that I take no notice of the empty hours of life, and that it may be an unworthy action for any man to crystallise out those which seem so to him.


Oddly, the surrealist concept seems to work in many of the visual fields, but not lit. These manifestos lay out the politics of the movement better than any of Breton’s interpreters, who keep proliferating the cliched that he was “the pop of surrealism.

The color of a woman’s stockings is not necessarily in the likeness of her eyes, which led a philosopher who it is pointless to mention, to say: Dream finds itself reduced to a parenthesis, like the night. Here are some characters rather different in appearance; their names in your handwriting are a question of capital letters, and they will conduct themselves with the same ease with respect to active verbs as does the impersonal pronoun “it” with respect to words such as “is raining,” “is,” “must,” etc.

Reading Breton is having a one-sided conversation with talented yet egotistical and elitist close friend. Mar 19, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing.

I speak, you understand, of true scientists and not those of all kinds who popularise it by means andde patents. The spirit of the man who dreams is quite content with what happens to him.

Manifestoes of Surrealism – André Breton – Google Books

And if you should die, are you not certain of reawaking among the dead? It paces about in a cage from which it is more and more difficult to free it.

It was in this frame of mind that Philippe Soupault, to whom I had confided these initial conclusions, and I, undertook to blacken some paper, with a laudable disdain for what might ensue of a literary nature. Watch out for the fire that covers.

Therefore, I am defining it once and for all: