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Aime Cesaire

  • French poet
  • Born June 20, 1913
  • Died April 17, 2008

Aimé Fernand David Césaire (; French: [sezɛʁ]; 26 June 1913 – 17 April 2008) was a Francophone and French poet, author and politician from Martinique. He was "one of the founders of the négritude movement in Francophone literature". His works included Une Tempête, a response to Shakespeare's play The Tempest, and Discours sur le colonialisme (Discourse on Colonialism), an essay describing the strife between the colonizers and the colonized. His works have been translated into many languages.


Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze.

Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze.




Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.




I have a different idea of a universal. It is of a universal rich with all that is particular, rich with all the particulars there are, the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all.




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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