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Title:Birago Diop's poetic contribution to the ideology of Negritude
Author:Camara, SanaISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Senegal
About person:Birago Diop (1906-1989)ISNI
Abstract:Birago Diop (1906-1989) became part of the Negritude movement above all through his tales, for it was especially in his tales and fables that he made the case for the African cultural heritage. For his poetry, Diop oriented himself towards a traditional, exclusively Western conformity, writing in the manner of Musset and Valéry, and adopting French values. However, his most authentic poetry flows from his tales and progressively, a great affiliation with Africa and its civilization becomes discernible. Awareness of Diop's retreat from French values and his return to the source is manifest in the disposition of poems in 'Leurres et lueurs' (1960), his only collection, which is composed of five parts: 'Leurres', 'Décalques', 'Presque', 'Réminiscences' and 'Lueurs'. Birago Diop's contribution to the elaboration of Negritude is evident in his choice of subjects from an authentic African environment, and also in his manner of enunciating distinctive modes of knowledge that are found among Africans and that the poet announces in a prophetic voice. In the major poems of 'Lueurs', Birago Diop defends Negritude against the weight of Western ideology. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]