Saturday, 11 October 2014

Louis Aragon; 'Writing is my method of thinking.'

 "Writing is my method of thinking.”
Dada means nothing, therefore we want to change the world with nothing.
The Dadaists
Louis Aragon (1897–1982) was a major figure in the avant-garde movements in French literary and visual culture in the 20th century, Louis  Aragon was born in Paris in 1897.  Aragon completed his first novel as a young boy and later studied at the Lycée Carnot in Paris, where he earned degrees in philosophy.  In 1917 he met dadaist André Breton.
Aragon was drafted into World War I, eventually earning a medal for bravery, and soon began writing poems. In 1919, Breton and Aragon edited the first issue of Littérature with fellow poet Philippe Soupault, giving birth to the Paris-based version of Dada. Aragon staged Dada events throughout the 1920s, publishing collections of poetry that reflected a Dadaesque interest in the absurd. He also began publishing novels such as Anicet ou le panorama (1921) and Les Aventures de télémaque (1922) etc. he was one of the most important writers in post-war France, and his spirit as well as his writing did much to shape the intellectual landscape.
by the mid-1920s, Aragon and Breton had turned their attention to surrealism. Aragon’s Le Mouvement perpétuel, poèmes (1920–1924) (Perpetual Motion: Poems [1920–1924]) was a manifesto and poetics of the new movement.  In 1928, Aragon also met Elsa Triolet, the sister-in-law of Vladimir Mayakovsky. Aragon and Triolet fell in love and remained committed to one another—and increasingly, radical politics—for the rest of their lives. Triolet’s commitment to communism strengthened Aragon’s, and he began his series Le Monde reel, a surrealist political work that uses social realism to attack bourgeois literary and cultural norms.
 Aragon was drafted into World War II and again won commendation for his bravery, including leading a daring escape of 30 men from German forces. Demobilized by 1940, Aragon worked for the resistance, writing pamphlets, editorials, and poetry.
 After the war, Aragon wrote a number of nonfictional studies, monographs and books on history, politics, art, and culture.   He continued to write prolifically until his death in 1982.
  This song is based Louis Aragon's poem;  The Red Poster
 And one my favorite french singer and activist Leo Ferre,  <3

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