In 1907 Emile Ripert started his career as a professor at the Toulon
lycée and then moved on to Albi where he taught for two months only
before being granted a scholarship that saw him leaving for Italy.
There he visited Rome, Assisi,
Florence, Naples, Genoa, Bologna and Venice. Experiencing a sense
of lyrical impression, he re-read the Divine Comedy and realised
while staying on the shores of the Arno river what will become the
major frame for his poetry works : the
terra-rima of Dante.
En 1907 Emile RIPERT débute sa carrière comme professeur au Lycée
de Toulon puis au lycée d’Albi où il ne resta que 2 mois car il
obtint une bourse de voyage pour l’Italie.
In 1909 he was appointed at the Thiers lycée in Marseilles.
In 1914 he had to leave his position and was called on military
duties as a Colonial Infantry Sergeant.
Eventually released, he came back to the Marseilles lycée as Rhetoric’s
Emile RIPERT as a teacher in the Thiers lycée of
Marseilles along with his pupils
In 1910 he created a magazine called « Notre
Revue » (Our Review), designed to set a network between
all the schools where French language was taught (Belgium, France
This magazine was an opportunity for the pupils to have their poems
or prose published. Click here for interesting examples of them.
|He was much appreciated and liked amongst his pupils; On Saint Emile
day, his 5th-year- class wrote him this card.
Emile RIPERT was awarded the title of Doctor
of Literature in 1918 at Sorbonne, his thesis was entitled The
Provencal Renaissance with a additional work on The
Versification of Mistral. This particular piece is the most accomplished
analysis ever made on Southern-France literary movements since the troubadours
until the beginning of the “Felibre” movement,
a celebration of The Provence Region of France, its speech and its culture.
His thesis received a prize from the French Academy. Extracts
The publication of The Provencal
Renaissance as well as the lectures he gave
along with the publishing of many pieces about
the Provence, including some poetry recited in verses gave Emile Ripert
a notoriety that spread well beyond his native region. He was therefore
chosen to hold the Chair of Provencal Language and Literary Studies at
the Aix-en-Provence University in 1920.
He would go to Corsica each year presiding over the jury
in charge of marking the Baccalaureate exams. Again he was much appreciated
by his students; they used to say of him :
« Emile RIPERT is spontaneous, very humble
and is of infinite goodness »
« …Monsieur RIPERT knows how to sort the marrow from the dry, arid and
sometimes indigestible materials found in documents… »
He played a major role in discussing issues about regionalism
and he vigorously defended the idea to include Provencal language as an
official discipline for the Baccalaureate. In 1925 he published a brochure
entitled: « Should Provencal language be included
in the official curriculum of the Baccalaureate ? ». His struggle
for the official recognition of the Provencal will pay off as it will
eventually be officially recognised as such. Emile Ripert dedicated his
whole life to the studying and promoting of the Provence and the Provencal
speech along with its place in history, its protagonists and its culture
which for him always stood as a source of spiritual teachings.
(Article in English).
Emile Ripert had always been in strong favour of a Great
Union between countries of Latin origin and in 1933 he collaborated to
the creation of the “Nice Mediterranean University Centre” that Maurice
Mignon, one of Ripert’s close friends managed.
«People of Provence, Provencal or French speaking,
let us dream the same goal that we’ll reach along parallel paths. Isn’t
it in this wonderful garden arranged in such a way by nature forMan
to see his potentials flourish, isn’t it on this land deeply rooted
in the Latin « Oc » that we should make this dream come true? The dream
of a civilisation from the origins, where Spain and Africa would dilute
their dry heat in the sweet rains of the Gaul and where a strong France
would marry a soft Italy » Emile Ripert
In 1938 he visited England in order to contemplate the creation of a
Chair of English at the Nice Mediterranean University Centre.
He will retire
from teaching in 1945 and settled in the Sécadou
family country house in La Ciotat where
he will continue to write.