Surrealism writing

March 19, 2015
Poetry Prompt: Write a

Marina Warner

Roger Caillois (1913–1978), polymath, aesthetic philosopher, historian of science, and social analyst of ritual and belief, ended up being pals with André Breton and an other Surrealist; but in 1934 they parted across Surrealist dedication to mystery for its own benefit: Caillois had been a detective of a more empirical temperament. Caillois’s disagreement with Breton arose whenever two guys had been shown some Mexican bouncing beans: beans that may unexpectedly twitch and simply take a leap in to the air. Caillois conjectured that there was a worm or larva in the individual, and then he desired to dissect anyone to discover; Breton objected roundly, denouncing Caillois as a low-grade positivist which declined the marvelous and defaced the poetic by wanting explanations—in other terms, Caillois was associated with the celebration that really wants to unweave the rainbow. For Breton, hasard objectif—objective opportunity or unpredictability—admirably disrupted the harmonious patterns of reason and delivered the mind-expanding stimulus of disorder: convulsive beauty. Caillois composed a lettre de rupture to Breton, which confirmed the level of his quarrel with Surrealism, declaring which he wanted “research and poetry” collectively. He proceeded, “i would like the irrational to be continuously overdetermined, like the framework of coral; it should combine into a unitary system everything that up to now happens to be systematically omitted by a mode of reason that remains incomplete.”1

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