This summer the roses are blue; the wood is of glass. The earth, draped in its verdant cloak, makes as little impression upon me as a ghost. It is living and ceasing to live which are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.

What does the "existence" refer to at the end of the first surrealist manifesto?

I figured that the penultimate sentence is in praise of dreams as an "imaginary solution" to "life's problems": that when we dream we are alive but have stopped living (with life's problems). But I'm not sure, and that last sentence has me flummoxed.

Is Breton saying that surrealist "automatism" does away with existence? In what sense?

SURREALISM, n. Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express -- verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner -- the actual functioning of thought. Dictated by the thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, exempt from any aesthetic or moral concern.

  • See the first paragraphs, with imagination. The conclusion stress the fact that "real life" is not in the ordinary world but in imagination, in the life of unconscious. Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 13:51
  • @MauroALLEGRANZA hm yeah, not sure but think that the question could have a more illuminating, in depth, answer, thanks for the note tho. e.g., it's meant to be a response to rimbaud's "real life is absent. we are not of this world"
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    Commented Feb 1, 2017 at 15:19


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