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Aime Cesaire
(1913-2008) born on
Jun 25
Martiniquais poet, playwright, political activist. He co-founded, with Leopold Senghor, Negritude, an influential movement to restore the cultural identity of black Africans.
         
   
F
Out of the sky, the birds, the parrots, the bells, silk, cloth, and drums, . . . out of Sundays dancing, children' s words and love words, out of love for the little fists of children, I will build a world, my world with round shoulders.

R
Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze.
A
Africa, help me to go home, carry me like an aged child in your arms. Undress me and wash me. Strip me of all of these garments, strip me as a man strips off dreams when the dawn comes. . . .
N
The weakness of most men
they do not know how to become a stone or tree.
K
It is no use painting the foot of the tree white, the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Miraculous Weapons," 1946.
R: "Notes on a Return to the Native Land," 1947.
A: "The Tragedy of King Christophe, 1963.
N: "First Problem," "Miraculous Weapons," 1946.
K: "Black Skin, White Masks," 1967.
   


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