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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Aime Cesaire grew up in Martinique, one of the French Caribbean islands, before leaving for Paris to continue his studies.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: The poem is many things; for one, nptebook an angry attack on colonialism and slavery after Cesaire returned to Martinique after living in France.

I’m grateful that I was able to get a copy of this for so cheap, but I could’ve done with less conflicting trappings. Here you have people who are being exploited and controlled by power thousands of miles away under a system called capitalism. At the end of daybreak, this town sprawled-flat, toppled from its common sense, inert, winded under its geometric weight of an eternally renewed cross, indocile ceasire its nativee, mute, vexed no matter what, incapable of growing with the juice of this earth, self-conscious, clipped, reduced, in breach of fauna and flora.

In Martinique became an Overseas Department of France and finally simply a department in The island suffered as a single commodity, sugar, economy which eventually lead to the freeing of the slaves in However, there was so much power and imagery in Cesaire’s words it was kind of hard not to be impressed by his use of metaphor and rhythm, especially in a subject that is close to my heart: What can I do?


At times I felt as if I was on a raft in the ocean rocking on the rhythm and intensities of Cesaire’s voice. Book titles OR Journal titles. This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. I would rate the poem itself 3 stars but since this particular edition had a brilliant and extensive introduction that I highly appreciated and from which I took so much, I had to rate it 4 stars. The narrator does not only refute the narratives invented by colonialism about his native land, he also strives to rewrite his own version of History: He alternates between prose and free verses and uses a powerfully contrasted imagery that leaves the reader in shock and breathless.

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land [excerpt]

This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. A true notebooo, powerful and inspiring. Countries like Martinique were under colonial rule and had little if any autonomy as a nation.

Haiti where negritude rose to its feet for lnad first time and said it believed in its own humanity; and the comic little tail of Florida where they are just finishing strangling a negro; Africa gigantically caterpillaring as far as the Spanish foot of Europe; the nakedness of Africa where the scythe of Death swings wide.

This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. I’d forgotten so many details about this poem. The poem alternates been ecstatically ceesaire and deep despair as the speaker is enamored, then disillusioned with his various masks. Cesaire was active in government and a communist for sometime.

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land [excerpt] by Aimé Césaire – Poems |

As we move through the book, the racial voice progresses until we hear a potent cry of anger about this inequality, the way in which his race restricts his world view and aspirations.

Could it be because Martinique remained with the France as its protectorate position? Black identity and racism are also explored. Lists with This Book. It is unpredictable in form, and highlights the varying black experience.

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This is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. Some articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. In the twenty-first century we still have not unshackled racism noteboom our society and slavery is very much alive, if not as a political reality, but as an enchaining colonial restriction upon the black inhabitants of Martinique and its Caribbean cousins.

At the conclusion of “Notebook,” the narrator is humbled and has begun to understand the process of his own negritude.

There’s a lot going on here. Beyond all that, there’s the text itself. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data.

My memory has a belt of corpses! This is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. The voice still feels so contemporary and prescient after all these years.

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

Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. The content will sucker punch you. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From the grandiose role of liberator, of speaker for all the oppressed of the world, to speaker for only the black people of the Caribbean, to descendant of a glorious African heritage, all of the masks are inadequate for the task at hand.

Great — great hub! The speaker of the poem wants to do something that will affect change in the black people of his town. I want to say leaf, I want to say tree.