The black boxers who fled the United States to Paris in the beginning of the 20th century were a true sensation among the citys avant-garde, and of all the artists and litterateurs gathered around the rings of the Parisian boxing scene, two champions of the poetic world stand out: Guillaume Apollinaire and Arthur Cravan. For these two poets who embraced the fraternal bond which has long existed between pugilist and lyricist, the noble art came to have a unique impact both upon their poetic works and how they defined themselves as poets. By putting these two poetic heavyweights head-to-head, this thesis explores the poetry and persona of the poète-boxeur.
Poetry, Boxing, Pugilism, Dada, Surrealism, Negrophilia, Masculinity, Guillaume Apollinaire, Arthur Cravan, Jack Johnson
Level of Degree
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Hancock, Austin. "Pugilism and Poetry: Guillaume Apollinaire, Arthur Cravan and the Poète-Boxeur." (2014). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/fll_etds/80