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Night in sine

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Alejandra De La Peña

on 20 May 2014

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Night in sine
Léopold Sédar Senghor
Joined the French Army during WWII
Spend 18 months in German prison camp
Senghor was the co-founder of African philosophical movement known as "Negritude"
First president of Senegal
From September 6, 1960-December 31, 1980
The first African to be awarded an Agregation certificate in 1935
he generated a body of work that led to his nomination for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962
Leopold Sedar Senghor and Mamadou Dia in front of the National Assembly in Dakar - April 4th 1960
Capture the beauty of Africa in the image of womanhood
An invocation of the mystery, beauty and fragrance of the African night
The dominant symbol of night or darkness in this poem is Senghor style of praising the dark and beautiful skin of Africans
Advocated "a cultural métissage" of blackness and whiteness that would create a Civilization of the Universal.
His anger towards the desertion of African villages and ideals caused by colonialism
The significance of the image of Africa is seen in Senghor's symbolism of night
The symbol of night shows the negative association of blackness in European culture

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The "forgotten villages" in line 6 can also be interpreted to mean forgotten cultural ideals and values caused by colonization and urbanization
The first line reveals Senghor's affection towards Africa
he invokes Africa in the image of a female lover
Senghor begins to eulogize her qualities of motherhood, lover, giver, and receiver in affective images
Senghor eulogizes the eternal link between the African ancestors, the living, and the unborn
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