Freedom of Love

Title

Freedom of Love

Subject

Description

This poem by André Breton disects the female body and compares the parts to very non-bodylike things. This made me think of Breton's speaker as someone who objectifies the woman he is with, much like Rochester does to Annette in Wide Sargasso Sea. Rochester objectifies Annette to pieces, but does so so much that he even finds it impossible to refer to her by her own name. He begins calling his objectified wife by the name Bertha, likely because he doesn't know what else to call her. Though Breton's poem is more sexualized than Rhys's novel, the ideas expressed appear to be quite similar. Both deal with the idea of identity and how that identity is related to the body.

Creator

André Breton

Source

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/freedom-of-love/

Contributor

Edouard Rodti, translator

Language

French, translated to English

Type

poem

Original Format

poem

Collection

Citation

André Breton, “Freedom of Love,” Surrealism in 20th Century Britain, accessed September 21, 2017, http://atimeline.omeka.net/items/show/14.