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Paul Eluard

(14 December 1895 – 18 November 1952 / Saint Denis / Paris)

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Paul Éluard, pseudonym of Eugène Grindel (born Dec. 14, 1895, Saint-Denis, Paris, Fr.—died Nov. 18, 1952, Charenton-le-Pont), French poet, one of the founders of the Surrealist movement with Louis Aragon and André Breton among others and one of the important lyrical poets of the 20th century.

Éluard rejected later Surrealism and joined the French Communist Party. Many of his works reflect the major events of the century, such as the World Wars, the Resistance against the Nazis, and the political and social ideals of the 20th-century.

I was born to know you

To give you your name

Freedom.

(in Poèsie et Vérité, 1942)

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  • ''Farewell sadness
    Good-day sadness
    You are inscribed in the lines of the ceiling.''
    Paul Éluard (1895-1952), French poet. Peine Défigurée, La Vie Immédiate (1932). Bonjour Tristesse ("Good-day sadness") was the title given to the ...
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