Robert Desnos

(1900 - 1945 / Paris)

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Robert Desnos, the son of a café owner, was born on July 4, 1900, in Paris.

He attended commercial college, and then worked as a clerk before becoming a literary columnist for the newspaper Paris-Soir.

He first published poems in the Dadaist magazine Littérature in 1919, and in 1922 he published his first book, Prose Selavy, a collection of surrealistic aphorisms. While on leave in Morocco from his mandatory two years in the French Army, Desnos befriended poet Andre Breton. Together with writers Louis Aragon and Paul Eluard, Breton and Desnos would form the vanguard of literary surrealism.

They practiced a technique known as "automatic writing," ... more »

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  • Rookie Berk Gedikoglu (8/23/2012 2:55:00 AM)

    robert desnos was one of the most talented poets to ever live, its shocking that he recieved such a low rating.

  • Rookie Timothy Ades (9/2/2011 3:32:00 AM)

    Robert Desnos 1900-1945 is the most exciting French poet of the 20th century. Translators have hardly done him justice. With luck, much more of his wonderful achievement will be available in English before too long.

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I Have Dreamed of You so Much

I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real.
Is there still time for me to reach your breathing body, to kiss your mouth and make
your dear voice come alive again?

I have dreamed of you so much that my arms, grown used to being crossed on my
chest as I hugged your shadow, would perhaps not bend to the shape of your body.
For faced with the real form of what has haunted me and governed me for so many
days and years, I would surely become a shadow.

O scales of feeling.

I have dreamed of you so much that surely there is no more time for me to ...

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