By Peter Broome, Graham Chesters
This anthology is the significant other quantity to The Appreciation of recent French Poetry, the purpose of which used to be to provide specific initial support with the issues of poetic appreciation. The fourteen poets represented right here supply a various and interesting advent to what's most likely the richest century of French poetry, from 1850 to 1950. Hugo, the colossus of the 19th century, whose paintings provides new resonance and power to ingenious imaginative and prescient, opens the anthology, and Michaux, the main person and 'modern' of twentieth-century poets in that he bridges the space among poetry and modern technology, closes it. just about all the main poets of the interval are incorporated: Nerval, Baudelaire, Mallarm?, Verlaine, Rimbaud and Laforgue from the second one half the 19th century; Val?ry, Apollinaire, Supervielle and Eluard within the 20th. The lesser recognized Cros and Desnos, clean and spontaneous poets with a right away attraction, invite a brand new examine the lyric traditions of french verse and provide an enticing new road for research. the alternative of poems, dictated chiefly by way of their person poetic price, displays additionally the traits of contemporary feedback and the tastes of present-day readers. The texts are all followed by means of complete notes, which not just clarify neighborhood problems of vocabulary, syntax and expression, yet lead the reader at once into the guts of the richness of subject matter, variety and interpretation. those will end up of price not just to the coed who's grappling with the fundamentals of french verse, or is worried to offer intensity to his familiarity, yet to the overall reader trying to re-light his delight in French poetry. moreover, there are introductions to every poet summarizing the essence of his artwork, important feedback for additional analyzing, and teams of dicussion themes to stimulate comparative insights and a much wider responsiveness.
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24 Des nappes d'eau s'epanchaient, bleues, Entre des quais roses et verts, Pendant des millions de lieues, Vers les confins de l'univers; 28 C'etaient des pierres inouies Et des flots magiques; c'etaient D'immenses glaces eblouies Par tout ce qu'elles refletaient! 32 Insouciants et taciturnes, Des Ganges, dans le firmament, Versaient le tresor de leurs urnes Dans des gouffres de diamant. 36 Architecte de mes feeries, Je faisais, a ma volonte, Sous un tunnel de pierreries Passer un ocean dompte; 40 Et tout, meme la couleur noire, Semblait fourbi, clair, irise; Le liquide enchassait sa gloire Dans le rayon cristallise.
Et tout sur ton etre est puissant. 8 Crains, dans le mur aveugle, un regard qui t'epie: A la matiere meme un verbe est attache... Ne la fais pas servir a quelque usage impie! 11 Souvent dans l'etre obscur habite un Dieu cache; Et comme un ceil naissant couvert par ses paupieres, Un pur esprit s'accroit sous l'ecorce des pierres! 14 Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) Baudelaire, more than any French poet before him, is the poet of consciousness of sin: man is a fallen creature, trapped in a material world far inferior to the spiritual paradise which has perennially haunted human dreams.
Luxe, calme et volupte. 42 31 34 37 Chant dautomne I Bientot nous plongerons dans les froides tenebres; Adieu, vive clarte de nos etes trop courts! J'entends deja tomber avec des chocs funebres Le bois retentissant sur le pave des cours. 4 Tout l'hiver va rentrer dans mon etre: colere, Haine, frissons, horreur, labeur dur et force, Et, comme le soleil dans son enfer polaire, Mon coeur ne sera plus qu'un bloc rouge et glace. 8 J'ecoute en fremissant chaque buche qui tombe; L'echafaud qu'on batit n'a pas d'echo plus sourd.
An Anthology of Modern French Poetry (1850-1950) by Peter Broome, Graham Chesters