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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Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. This is used to detect comment spam. This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. The only thee that would have made it better would be a more detailed introduction for those without the historical background. I would say tornado. Like James Baldwin, Albert Camus, and Frantz Fanon in their various works, Cesaire in Return to My Native Land take racism and class oppression to task at the same time that he delves most deeply into the greater nature of the human condition itself.

Their concerns are local and not exporting world wide revolution. We have been reading Cesair La tragedie de Roi Christophe thus this was a very interesting followup, I look forward to more. Maybe not so much any more in the African-American community in the US, I think its been pretty sucessful, but plenty tne immigrant groups, and more recently LGBT groups are going through some similar issues Oct 13, Rowena rated it it was amazing Returm It also issues a wake-up call to people affected by colonialism not to accept their lot in life.


The epiphany or turn in the poem starts to come with the introduction of the concept of negritude. This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things.

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Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aimé Césaire

Nov 01, Sceox rated it it was amazing Shelves: And bind, bind me without remorse bind me with your vast arms of luminous clay bind my black vibration to the very navel of the world Bind, bing me, bitter brotherhood Then, strangling me with your lasso of stars rise, Dove rise rise rise I follow you who are imprinted on my ancestral white cornea Rise sky licker And the great black hole where a moon ago I wanted to drown It is there I will now fish the malevolent tongue of the night in its still verticity!

For the dullest part of my flesh! I fucking cannot stand it when some white dingbat piece of shit goes on Tto 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 ti. The result is a masterful examination of a soul simultaneously created by and torn between two cultural sensibilities: Steerforth Press has done a great service thee this translation.

One of his students would play an important role in the French rreturn of Algeria, Frantz Fanon. Mar 10, Zachary Bush rated it it was amazing.

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Understanding “Notebook of a Return to the Native Land” by Aime Cesaire

It’s essential if one wants to understand most Black literature of the early 20th century. So, thank you Notebok Pagni! This can lead to frustration, as this poem shows.


At the end of daybreak burgeoning with frail coves, the hungry Antilles, the Antilles pitted with smallpox, the Antilles dyn- amited by alcohol, stranded in the mud noteboook this bay, in the dust of this town sinisterly stranded. Leave this field blank. The Woman and the Flame. I am not sure. This attempt went against the prevalent policy of assimilation, which was viewed as the only viable solution for colonised people.

You can see the love he has for his birthplace. As a result, it is generally acknowledged that Black male slaves found it impossible to protect their partners from being beaten and raped by the White Master.

He retired from politics in The central metaphor of “Notebook” is that of trying on masks. Contact Contact Us Help. The island suffered as a single commodity, sugar, economy which eventually lead to the freeing of narive slaves in The lyrical feel reminded of reading the leaves of grass.

Until the 19th century, Carribean voices were predominantly white and racist and when the first Black and mixed writers appeared, they were often imitators who hoped that their skin colour would be forgotten if they wrote like French people.

The poem has a great feel to it that helps convey the pointed political and cultural messages.