By Rosemary M Canfield Reisman
Profiles significant poets all through heritage and the realm, together with analyses in their major person poems or collections. Discusses influential conflict poets corresponding to Chinua Achebe, John Balaban, Christopher Logue, Wilfred Owen, and Edward Thomas.
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Horrified by the carnage of World War I (which Aragon had observed firsthand as a medic), these young people at first embraced the negative impulse of Dada, an absurdist movement founded in Zurich by Tristan Tzara. Their aim was to unmask the moral bankruptcy of the society that had tolerated such a war. Realizing that a philosophy of simple negation was ultimately sterile, Breton and Aragon broke away from the Dadaists and began to pursue the interest in the subconscious, which led them to Surrealism.
Bibliography Adereth, M. Aragon: The Resistance Poems. London: Grant & Cutler, 1985. A brief critical guide to Aragon’s poetry. _______. Elsa Triolet and Louis Aragon: An Introduction to Their Interwoven Lives and Works. : Edwin Mellen Press, 1994. An introductory biography of Triolet and Aragon and their lives together including critical analysis of their work and a bibliography. Becker, Lucille Frackman. Louis Aragon. New York: Twayne, 1971. An introductory biography of Aragon and critical analysis of selected works.
This helps to account for the fact that he continued to write with undiminished passion until the very end of his life, for poetry held out the only prospect of immortality in which he believed. The rose is mortal, but she has a name, and the poet can conjure with it (as his conclusion emphasizes: “O rose who are your being and your name”). What is more, Elsa Triolet was herself a writer, and in the preface to an edition combining her own and her husband’s fiction, she described their mutually inspired work as the best possible memorial to their love.