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Complete summary of André Breton’s Manifesto of Surrealism. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Manifesto of Surrealism. Andre Breton discusses the meaning, aims, and political position of the Surrealist movement. Manifestoes of Surrealism has ratings and 58 reviews. Manifestoes of Surrealism is a book by André Breton, describing the aims, meaning, and political .

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Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. Surreakism could spend my whole life prying loose the secrets of the insane. Fear, the attraction of the unusual, chance, the taste for things extravagant are all devices which we can always call upon without fear of deception.

Manifestoes of Surrealism

In the course of the various attempts I have made to reduce what is, by breach of trust, called genius, I have found nothing which in the final analysis can be attributed to any other method than that. It’s a shame that the violation of the laws governing the Press is today scarcely repressed, for if it were not we would soon see a trial of surrealusm sort: In reality, similarly, I prefer to fall.

It was in the midst of all this that I renounced irrevocably my point of view. It’s quite possible, as the saying goes. Ease of execution achieved the rest. Everything is near at hand, the worst material conditions are fine.

Breton, Andre (–) – First Manifesto of Surrealism

We are therefore obliged to admit that the two terms of the image are not deduced one from the other by the mind for the specific purpose of producing the spark, that they are the simultaneous products of the activity I call Surrealist, reason’s role being limited to taking note of, and appreciating, the luminous phenomenon.


There are autos parked near the door, cloaked by the shadows of trees. Do not forget to make proper arrangements for your will: The general tone is of the same order.

Pure psychic automatism by means of which one intends to express, either verbally, or in writing, or in any other manner, the actual functioning of thought. My dream last night, perhaps it continues that of the preceding night, and will in turn be continued the following night, with exemplary rigour.

Surrealism, such as I conceive of it, asserts our complete nonconformism clearly enough so that there can be no question of suerealism it, at the trial of the real world, as evidence for the defense. Poetic Surrealism, which is the subject of this study, has focused its efforts up to this point on reestablishing dialogue in its absolute truth, by freeing both interlocutors from any obligations and politeness.

It cannot be born from a comparison but from a juxtaposition of two more or less remote realities. Lewis’ The Monk is an admirable proof of this.

Manifestoes of Surrealism – André Breton – Google Books

It was in this frame surrealiism mind that Philippe Soupault — to whom I had confided these initial conclusions — and I decided to blacken some paper, with a praiseworthy disdain for what might result from a literary point of view. There remains madness, “the madness that one locks up,” as it has aptly been described.

The sentences I quote make ample provision for this. Each morning, children set off without concern. I believe in the virtue of birds.

The blame for these obvious weaknesses must be placed on suggestions that come to it from without. Where does error begin, and security end for the surrealidm Boiffard, then Jacques Baron and his brother, both of them handsome and cordial, and so many others too, and what ravishing women. Chateaubriand is surrealist in exoticism. I shall, with your permission, ignore the description of that room, and many more like it.


A plot, appearing more or less skilful, will result from this, justifying point by point the moving or reassuring denouement about which you care not a jot. Jul 27, Chris Feldman rated it it was amazing. On another note, your precious movement still produces some of the best art in the world, when done right.

André Breton

In modern art whether literature, movie, television there is an influence of surrealism but not surrealist art. All that results from listening to oneself, from reading what one has written, is the suspension of the occult, that admirable help.

Oct 16, Minjeong Kang rated it really liked it. It is up to us not to abuse it in any serious manner.

It should be seen, above all, as a welcome reaction against certain ridiculous spiritualist tendencies. It was still dark. That is because, from now on, he belongs body and soul to an imperious practical necessity, of which one must never lose sight.

To assume that it incorporates it within itself would be tantamount to admitting that there is a time during which it is possible for it to live completely off that other thought, which is highly unlikely.

Francis Picabia comes to pay us a call, and last week, in the hall of mirrors, we received a certain Marcel Duchamp whom we had not hitherto known.

It is not the fear of madness which will oblige us to leave the flag of imagination furled. Norms of Rhetorical Culture Thomas B.