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The Collected Poetry

Leopold Sedar Senghor. Translated by Melvin Dixon

BUY Cloth · 639 pp. · 5.5 × 8.5 · ISBN 9780813912752 · $65.00 · Nov 1991
BUY Paper · 639 pp. · 5.5 × 8.5 · ISBN 9780813918327 · $38.50 · Aug 1998

Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa's most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor's complete poems made his work available for the first time to English-speaking audiences. His poetry, alive with sensual imagery, contrasts the lushness and wonder of Africa's past with the alienation and loss associated with assimilation into European culture. Translator Melvin Dixon places Senghor's writing in historical persepctive by relating it to both his political involvement and his intellectual development.


I am particularly grateful (as we should all be) to Melvin Dixon... [for] his graceful translation of Senghor's complete works.

K. Anthony Appiah · Washington Post Book World

[Dixon] preserves Senghor's lyricism and re-creates the textual sensuality of the original language.


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