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 provide designated initial support with the issues of poetic appreciation. The fourteen poets represented the following offer a different 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 offers 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 technological know-how, closes it. just about all the main 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 a right away charm, invite a brand new examine the lyric traditions of french verse and provide an enticing new street for examine. the alternative of poems, dictated specifically via their person poetic worth, displays additionally the traits 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 without delay into the guts of the richness of subject matter, sort and interpretation. those will end up of price not just to the scholar who's grappling with the fundamentals of french verse, or is worried to offer intensity to his familiarity, yet to the overall 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 interpreting, and teams of dicussion subject matters to stimulate comparative insights and a much broader responsiveness.

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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!

4 Charles Baudelaire 33 Le sommeil est plein de miracles! Par un caprice singulier J'avais banni de ces spectacles Le vegetal irregulier, 8 Et, peintre fier de mon genie, Je savourais dans mon tableau L'enivrante monotonie Du metal, du marbre et de l'eau. 12 Babel d'escaliers et d'arcades, C'etait un palais infini, Plein de bassins et de cascades Tombant dans Tor mat ou bruni; 16 Et des cataractes pesantes, Comme des rideaux de cristal, Se suspendaient, eblouissantes, A des murailles de metal. 20 Non d'arbres, mais de colonnades Les etangs dormants s'entouraient, Ou de gigantesques naiades, Comme des femmes, se miraient.

J. Richer, Paul Verlaine, (Poetes d'aujourd'hui, 38), Seghers, 1960. E. Zimmermann, Magies de Verlaine, Corti, 1967. Soleils couchants Une aube affaiblie Verse par les champs La melancolie Des soleils couchants. La melancolie Berce de doux chants Mon coeur qui s'oublie Aux soleils couchants. Et d'etranges reves, Comme des soleils Couchants sur les greves, Fantomes vermeils, Defilent sans treves, Defilent, pareils A des grands soleils Couchants sur les greves. 4 8 12 16 Chanson dautomne Les sanglots longs Des violons De l'automne Blessent mon coeur D'une langueur Monotone.

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