Senghor’s poetic method

If by temperament and by training, Leopold Sedar Senghor tends towards universal humanism, he is conscious of the fact that there is a certain ambivalence in him, that of being torn between Africa and Europe, and he attempts to solve this ambivalence through his poetry. In the course of his literary creation he is very conscious of the fact that he is an African, and it is as an African that he defines and writes his poetry. Though Senghor has been influenced by the French poetic tradition, particularly by the poetry of the French Romantics onwards, he claims to lean more towards African tradition in his own work. The validity of this claim is examined in the course of this essay. Sections: Preliminary observations – Influence of symbolists and surrealists – Colour symbolism – Poetric rhythm – Rhythm in Senghor’s poetry – Imagery and symbolism – Conclusion. Notes and ref.

Title: Senghor’s poetic method
Author: Ansah, Paul
Year: 1975
Periodical: Od: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Issue: 11
Pages: 3-44
Language: English
Geographic term: Senegal
About person: Lopold Sdar Senghor (1906-2001)
Abstract: If by temperament and by training, Leopold Sedar Senghor tends towards universal humanism, he is conscious of the fact that there is a certain ambivalence in him, that of being torn between Africa and Europe, and he attempts to solve this ambivalence through his poetry. In the course of his literary creation he is very conscious of the fact that he is an African, and it is as an African that he defines and writes his poetry. Though Senghor has been influenced by the French poetic tradition, particularly by the poetry of the French Romantics onwards, he claims to lean more towards African tradition in his own work. The validity of this claim is examined in the course of this essay. Sections: Preliminary observations – Influence of symbolists and surrealists – Colour symbolism – Poetric rhythm – Rhythm in Senghor’s poetry – Imagery and symbolism – Conclusion. Notes and ref.