An Anthology of Modern French Poetry (1850-1950) by Peter Broome, Graham Chesters

By Peter Broome, Graham Chesters

This anthology is the better half quantity to The Appreciation of recent French Poetry, the purpose of which used to be to offer distinct initial aid with the issues of poetic appreciation. The fourteen poets represented the following supply a different and fascinating 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 supplies new resonance and energy to inventive imaginative and prescient, opens the anthology, and Michaux, the main person and 'modern' of twentieth-century poets in that he bridges the distance among poetry and modern technological know-how, closes it. just about all the foremost 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 identified Cros and Desnos, clean and spontaneous poets with a right away allure, invite a brand new examine the lyric traditions of french verse and supply an enticing new road for examine. the alternative of poems, dictated especially via their person poetic price, displays additionally the developments of modern feedback and the tastes of present-day readers. The texts are all observed via 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 topic, variety and interpretation. those will end up of worth not just to the coed who's grappling with the fundamentals of french verse, or is concerned to offer intensity to his familiarity, yet to the overall reader looking to re-light his delight in French poetry. furthermore, there are introductions to every poet summarizing the essence of his artwork, precious feedback for additional examining, and teams of dicussion issues to stimulate comparative insights and a much broader responsiveness.

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La tombe attend; elle est avide! Ah! laissez-moi, mon front pose sur vos genoux, Gouter, en regrettant l'ete blanc et torride, De l'arriere-saison le rayon jaune et doux! 28 La Musique La musique souvent me prend comme une mer! Vers ma pale etoile, Sous un plafond de brume ou dans un vaste ether, Jemetsala voile; 4 La poitrine en avant et les poumons gonfles Comme de la toile, J'escalade le dos des flots amonceles Que la nuit me voile; 8 Je sens vibrer en moi toutes les passions D'un vaisseau qui souffre; Le bon vent, la tempete et ses convulsions 11 Sur l'immense gouffre Me bercent.

Nerval himself would have certainly been surprised at the lasting admiration which Les Chimeres (1854), a slender collection of eight poems of which five are printed here, has provoked. ) His dense, allusive poetry which intimates the existence of a buried, gestating 'Ideal' waiting tofloweragain and redeem life, made him a natural precursor of the Symbolists (although their 'Ideal' was more distilled and celestial than Nerval's); while his composition of poems 'dans cet etat de reverie supernaturaliste' and his interest in dreams gained for him the adulation of the Surrealists.

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.

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