Poet Andre Breton


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a French writer and poet. He is known best as the founder of Surrealism. His writings include the first Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism". Biography Born to a family of modest means in Tinchebray (Orne) in Normandy, he studied medicine and psychiatry. During World War I he worked in a neurological ward in Nantes, where he met the devotee of Alfred Jarry, Jacques Vaché, whose anti-social attitude and disdain for established artistic tradition influenced Breton considerably. Vaché committed suicide at age 24, and his war-time letters to Breton and others...

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Den Hellige Alliance

Emil Aarestrup

Den hellige Alliance,
Vore Hjerter sluttede den;
De hvilte tæt ved hinanden,
De skilles aldrig igjen.

Ak, kun den unge Rose,
Der, foran Brystet, Du,
Den arme Bundtsforvandte,
Den trykkede...

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