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"Freedom, I write your name..." | 22-Dec-04

This is a repeated line in a poem that was allegedly dropped by the Allies to the French resistance during World War Two. Heard on Poetry Please about 9 years ago.

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The poem is French. It's 'Liberte', by Paul Eluard, first published in 1942 in his collection 'Poesie et verite'.

"Sur mes cahiers d'?colier
Sur mon pupitre et les arbres
Sur le sable sur la neige
J'?cris ton nom."


'Poetry Please' will have broadcast an English translation.
Alex MacPhee

Thanks very much to Alex for identifying this for us. The poem is 'Liberty', and can be found in The Poetry of Surrealism, published by Little, Brown in 1974, and The Random House Book of Twentieth Century French Poetry, published by Random House in 1982.
Poetry Library

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