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 .

Author: Meztibei Fenrik
Country: Andorra
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Business
Published (Last): 5 November 2015
Pages: 193
PDF File Size: 14.91 Mb
ePub File Size: 16.71 Mb
ISBN: 447-1-32240-767-8
Downloads: 97457
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Guktilar

At the end of the first day, we were able to read through fifty or so pages obtained in this manner, and began comparing our results. The mind then proves to itself, fragmentarily of course, but at least by itselfthat ‘everything above is like everything below’ and everything inside is like everything outside.

One thing remains certain: So many questions, resolved once and for all, haphazardly; the only power of choice I am left with is to close the book, which I take care to do at about the first page.

André Breton

It aims to free the imagination from the mechanisms of psychic and social repression. It should above all be viewed as a welcome reaction against certain ridiculous tendencies of spiritualism. Breton, at least in the first half of the book, shall not disappoint. It is still the case that punctuation definitely runs counter to the absolute continuity of flow which concerns us, although it may seem as necessary as the distribution of nodes on a vibrating string.

Never be at home to anyone, and occasionally when some irrelevance has broken the injunction, interrupting you in the full flow of surrealist activity, your arms crossed, say: I’d read the first manifesto before, and it was indeed the sort of thing that gets you thinking, but the rest was mostly dull. And, in fact, the attention it pays is completely exterior; it has only time enough to approve or reject — generally reject — with all the consideration of which man is capable.


Surrealism, such as I envisage it, declares our absolute non-conformity clearly enough that there can be no question of bringing it before the court, at the trial of the real world, as a witness for the defence.

And, of course, if one is to judge them only superficially by their results, a good number of poets could pass for Surrealists, beginning with Dante and, in his finer moments, Shakespeare.

Manifestoes of Surrealism – André Breton – Google Books

I had a sneaking suspicion, moreover, that from the viewpoint of poetry I was off on the wrong road, but I hedged my bet as best I could, defying lyricism with salvos of definitions and formulas the Dada phenomena were waiting in the wings, ready to come on stage and pretending to search for an application of poetry to advertising I went so far as to claim that the world would end, not with a good book but with a beautiful manifwsto for heaven or for hell.

Men and circumstances generally modify the ideal train of circumstances, so that is seems imperfect; and their consequences are also equally imperfect. You will find them at the end of this volume. They appear, to date, to be the only ones, and there would be no question of error in this were it not for the fascinating case of Isidore Ducasse, about whom I lack data.

This greatly colored my perception of art. Where we really find them again is at surrealsm point at which Stendahl has lost them. Long before the author has freed his main characters from all temporal constraints, one feels them ready to act with an unprecedented pride. What reason, I ask, a reason so much vaster than the other, makes dreams seem so natural and allows me to welcome unreservedly a welter of episodes so strange that they could confound me now as I write?

Actually, this phrase astonished me: Swift is surrealist in spitefulness.

It is living and ceasing to live which are imaginary solutions. Don’t be at home for anyone, and occasionally, when no one has forced his way manifseto, interrupting you in the midst of your Surrealist activity, and you, crossing your arms, say: That same imagination that knows no limits, is never permitted to be exercised except according to arbitrary laws of utility; it is incapable of assuming this inferior role for long, and at about the age of twenty, prefers, in general, to abandon Man to his unilluminated destiny.


We know, more or less, the road travelled. Dear imagination, what I love most about you, is your unforgiving nature. To the demands of an entire people one will concede a partial and ludicrous ballot. It is not for me to favour these at the expense of others.

Boiffard, then Jacques Baron and his brother, both andrw them handsome and cordial, and so many others too, and what ravishing women. Try to make me say thank you: Anthology of Black Humor. Apollinaire asserted that Chirico’s first paintings were done under the influence of cenesthesic disorders migraines, colics, etc.

With a shudder, we cross what the occultists call dangerous territory. It is also the great weakness of a book that it is in a constant battle with its finest, by which I mean its most exacting, readers.

Are they the same questions in one case as the other, and are those questions already there in dream? It should be seen, above all, as a welcome reaction against certain ridiculous spiritualist tendencies. This intuition, finally unleashed by Surrealism, seeks not only to assimilate all known forms but also boldly to create new forms–that is to say, to be in a position to embrace all the structures of the world, manifested or not.

It is the most beautiful night of all, the night of the lightning-flash: