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By Peter Broome, Graham Chesters

ISBN-10: 0511519478

ISBN-13: 9780511519475

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This anthology is the better half quantity to The Appreciation of contemporary French Poetry, the purpose of which used to be to offer unique initial support with the issues of poetic appreciation. The fourteen poets represented the following offer a various and fascinating creation 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 power to inventive 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 technological know-how, closes it. just about all the foremost poets of the interval are integrated: 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 an instantaneous allure, invite a brand new examine the lyric traditions of french verse and supply an enticing new road for research. the alternative of poems, dictated notably through their person poetic price, displays additionally the traits of contemporary 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 subject, 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 concerned to offer intensity to his familiarity, yet to the final reader looking to re-ignite his delight in French poetry. additionally, there are introductions to every poet summarizing the essence of his artwork, valuable feedback for extra studying, and teams of dicussion issues to stimulate comparative insights and a much broader responsiveness.

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Amis, du vin! Des larges tonnes eventrees Sort l'eclat de rire divin. 20 Le buveur chancelle a la table Qui boite fraternellement. L'ivrogne se sent veritable; firmament, II oublie, 6 clair 24 Tout, la ligne droite, la gene, La loi, le gendarme, Peffroi, L'ordre; et l'echalas de Surene Raille le poteau de l'octroi. 28 L'ane broute, vieux philosophe; L'oreille est longue, l'ane en rit, Peu trouble d'un exces d'etoffe, Et content si le pre fleurit. 32 Les enfants courent par volee. Clichy montre, honneur aux anciens!

It is almost invariably a suave, unobtrusive music with no grand effects: not lending dramatic accompaniment to the peaks and valleys of intense emotion, as in earlier Romantic poetry, but swathing them in a misty mood so that one can no longer be sure of their outline or feel the acuteness of their contrast. And yet lyricism is not lost: in the background is always the nagging presence of a simple and universal human emotion, melancholy, nostalgia, distress, remorse. No other French poet has enlisted such resources of rhyme, assonance and alliteration, coupled with the flexibilities of rhythm and verse-form, to drown the intellect, steep it in sound and leave it powerless to resist an elementary poignancy of feeling.

It is here that we see him putting his qualities as a musician and a landscape painter at the service of a deeper spiritual dimension ; and the conflict of lucidity and inner obscurity, self-denial and escapist self-abandonment, takes on a new richness. There is also the humorous Verlaine, the poet of caprices: the satirical portraits, spiced with colourful vocabulary, of the early Poemes saturniens (1866); the mock-gaiety, urbane ironies and ambiguous game of masks in the Fetes galantes; the chameleonlike self-parody and the scabrous humour of his later works.

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