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The Collected Poetry
     

The Collected Poetry

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by Leopold Sedar Senghor
 

Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa's most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor's complete poems made his work available for the first time to

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Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa's most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor's complete poems made his work available for the first time to English-speaking audiences. His poetry, alive with sensual imagery, contrasts the lushness and wonder of Africa's past with the alienation and loss associated with assimilation into European culture. Translator Melvin Dixon places Senghor's writing in historical persepctive by relating it to both his political involvement and his intellectual development.

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With the publication of Melvin Dixon's new translation of Senghor's poetry, CARAF Books provides an invaluable service to students, teachers, and scholars.

Washington Post Book World - K. Anthony Appiah

I am particularly grateful (as we should all be) to Melvin Dixon... [for] his graceful translation of Senghor's complete works.

Choice

[Dixon] preserves Senghor's lyricism and re-creates the textual sensuality of the original language.

Washington Post Book World
I am particularly grateful (as we should all be) to Melvin Dixon... [for] his graceful translation of Senghor's complete works.

— K. Anthony Appiah

Mason
Melvin Dixon acheives that rarest of feats in the translation of poetry: he recreates Léopold Senghor in our own tongue, exhibiting with unflagging good faith his universality as poet of love, of nature, of war and, rarest of modern accomplishments, of praise.
The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813912752
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Series:
CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature translated from the French Series
Pages:
639
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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With the publication of Melvin Dixon's new translation of Senghor's poetry, CARAF Books provides an invaluable service to students, teachers, and scholars.

Meet the Author

Leopold Sedar Senghor was born in 1906 in Joal, Senegal and educated in Senegal and France. From 1960 to 1981 he was president of the Republic of Senegal, and in 1983 became the first African and only black intellectual elected to the French Academy. Melvin Dixon (1950-1992) was a Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York, and the author of Vanishing Rooms, Trouble the Water, Ride out the Wilderness, and Change of Territory.

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A language that should be taught in schools across America. An originality that should be the envy of romantic authors. A passion for the craft of word-smithing to be coveted by anyone who's ever attempted to piece together beautiful sonnets. Senghor's writing is simply art. I had never heard of him before seeing his book on the shelf. I opened it, scanned some parts and fell in love at that point. I think anyone reading this book will appreciate the charisma and style that sets his poems apart. His visions of Africa and France will place you there. His love letters are simply excellent.