Monday, December 8, 2014

"En Attendant" by Bruce Rash, French Major

A Poem by Bruce Rash
This past week, Bruce Rash, a French major in FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies, performed the second oral presentation of the semester on the topic, "La vie en guerre et la poésie." In this presentation, Bruce studied the Paul Éluard's poem, "Faire vivre," and wrote his own poem, "En Attendant." He then conducted a comparison study of the two poems. Bruce graciously agreed to share his presentation and poem with you.

 In his own words....

Bruch Rash
This short poem is told from the perspective of a French poet and resistance fighter or sympathizer living under the Nazi occupation of France from 1940 to 1944. Inspired mostly by the poem "Faire vivre" by Paul Eluard, it focuses on themes of nature and time, presenting hope and liberation as the inevitable consequences of a natural order rather than as direct consequences of rebellion. In this perspective, one can see the French Resistance as the executor natural order, destined to victory so that balance can, eventually, be restored.

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