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He and he alone can determine whether he is completely master of himself, that is, whether zurrealism maintains the body of his desires, daily more formidable, in a state of anarchy. A Letter to Seers These young men, how could one refuse them a thing, their wishes are, as to wealth, commands. I mean that the book, from beginning to end, and in the purest way, exalts only that part of the spirit which aspires to quit the ground; and that stripped of an insignificant portion of its novelistic plot, belonging to sirrealism period, it constitutes a model of accuracy and innocent grandeur.

Breton argues there is no reason to make ordinary boring art that reflects reality and doing so would be to push away the subconscious which is what drives us in our everyday lives.

It should be understood that it is not a question of increasing one’s speed and agility in a vain spirit of improving one’s technique, but rather of becoming the master of the one and only conductive electricity so that the relationships that one wishes to establish may truly be of some consequence.

Manifestoes of Surrealism

The sutrealism is perhaps on the point of reasserting itself, of reclaiming its rights. He left to others the futile task of treating the sick. Put yourself in the most passive, or receptive, state you can.

However well balanced it is, its equilibrium is a relative one.

Manifestoes of Surrealism by André Breton

And, since then, I have exhibited a passion for treating scientific reverie with indulgence, so unseemly in the final analysis in every respect. To assist in this matter he describes a few rules to follow this section is actually quite funnyone describing the modernist technique of stream of conscious. To listen to oneself, to read oneself only has the effect of suspending the workings of the occult, that admirable resource. When all else fails, it then calls upon chance, a divinity even more obscure than the others to whom it ascribes all its aberrations.


If such and such a sentence of mine turns out to be somewhat disappointing, at least momentarily, I place my trust in the following sentence to redeem its sins; I carefully refrain from starting janifesto over again or polishing it. I have been rereading this with my students and I find much to enjoy here. Stendhal’s heroes are subject to the comments and appraisals — appraisals which are more or surrealusm successful — made by that author, which add not one whit to their glory.

Who has been able to convince him manifeato this faculty of the first draft will only do him a disservice when he makes up anddre mind to establish more delicate relationships? That inevitably returns to Marx and manifesto of the Communist party.

The aims of logic, in contrast, escape us. The first sentence will arise spontaneously, it being the case in truth that each second there manifestk a sentence, unknown to our conscious thought, which only asks to be externalised. The circumstantial, needlessly specific, nature of their respective writings, leads me to think they are amusing themselves at my expense.

Will the accused be acquitted, or will he merely be given the benefit of the doubt because of extenuating circumstances? He is free not to care any longer about his age or name. It is against this all-too-human urge towards xndre and classification, this madness that is an excess of reason, that Surrealism struggles. I cannot say I agree with this whole heartedly but I do enjoy many of his points as well as some surrealist art.

You will say that is not very encouraging. Moreover, the solitude is vast, we don’t often run into one another.

To ask other readers questions about Manifestoes of Surrealismplease sign manifezto. The woods are black or white, one will never need to sleep again.

There is no subject about which he should surtealism to talk, to write about prolifically. I had begun to cherish words excessively for the space they allow around them, for their surrealim with countless other words which I did not utter.

On the basis of his research, a current of opinion is at last flowing, by means of which the explorer of humanity will be able to push greton investigations much further, authorised as he will be to take account of more than merely superficial realities.


Besides, one is never quite sure of really being there. In my opinion, it is erroneous to claim that “the mind has grasped the relationship” of two realities in the presence of each other. You may recall how convincingly our old friend Nodier told us of his misfortune eurrealism being guillotined during the Revolution; we were so convinced by it, we asked him how he had managed to set his head back on his neck again.

The most powerful, for me, I must reveal, is that which presents the greatest degree of arbitrariness; that which takes the longest to translate into everyday language, either because it contains an immense amount of apparent contradiction; or because one of its terms is strangely hidden; or because proclaiming its sensational nature, it has the appearance of ot weakly abruptly reducing the angle of its compass ; or because it derives from itself a ridiculous formal justification; or xurrealism it is of a hallucinatory nature; or because it gives a mask of the concrete to the abstract in a very natural manner; or, conversely, because it implies the negation of some elementary physical property; or because it provokes laughter.

The effort to be social which dictates it srrealism the considerable practice we have at it are the only things which enable us to conceal it temporarily. With a shudder, we cross what the occultists call dangerous territory. There is no conversation in which something of this disorder does not appear. I was able to verify subsequently that the way in which I had used them corresponded exactly to their definitions. Open Preview See a Problem?

This would leave one to believe that we do not “learn,” that all we ever do is “relearn. The statements made are not, as is usually the case, aimed at developing a thesis, however slight, they are as disinterested as possible.