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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 contemporary French Poetry, the purpose of which used to be to provide precise initial aid with the issues of poetic appreciation. The fourteen poets represented the following supply a assorted and interesting 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 resourceful 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 key poets of the interval are integrated: Nerval, Baudelaire, Mallarm?, Verlaine, Rimbaud and Laforgue from the second one 1/2 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 attraction, invite a brand new examine the lyric traditions of french verse and provide an enticing new street for learn. the alternative of poems, dictated especially via their person poetic worth, displays additionally the traits of modern feedback and the tastes of present-day readers. The texts are all observed by way of complete notes, which not just clarify neighborhood problems of vocabulary, syntax and expression, yet lead the reader at once into the center of the richness of subject, type and interpretation. those will end up of worth not just to the scholar who's grappling with the fundamentals of french verse, or is concerned to provide intensity to his familiarity, yet to the final reader trying to re-ignite his delight in French poetry. furthermore, there are introductions to every poet summarizing the essence of his paintings, worthy feedback for additional interpreting, and teams of dicussion themes to stimulate comparative insights and a much broader responsiveness.

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4 Chaque fleur s'evapore ainsi qu'un encensoir; Le violon fremit comme un coeur qu'on afflige; Valse melancolique et langoureux vertige! Le ciel est triste et beau comme un grand reposoir. 8 Le violon fremit comme un coeur qu'on afflige, Un coeur tendre, qui hait le neant vaste et noir! Le ciel est triste et beau comme un grand reposoir; fige. Le soleil s'est noye dans son sang qui se 12 Un coeur tendre, qui hait le neant vaste et noir, Du passe lumineux recueille tout vestige! Le soleil s'est noye dans son sang qui se fige...

C'est affreux, 6 mon ame! Rien qu'un dessin fort pale, aux trois crayons, 46 50 Qui, comme moi, meurt dans la solitude, Et que le Temps, injurieux vieillard, Chaque jour frotte avec son aile rude... 53 Noir assassin de la Vie et de l'Art, Tu ne tueras jamais dans ma memoire Celle qui fut mon pl^isir et ma gloire! 56 Charles Baudelaire 29 Harmonie du soir Voici venir les temps ou vibrant sur sa tige Chaque fleur s'evapore ainsi qu'un encensoir; Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir; Valse melancolique et langoureux vertige!

Le temps va ramener l'ordre des anciens jours; La terre a tressailli d'un souffle prophetique... 11 Cependant la sibylle au visage latin Est endormie encor sous l'arc de Constantin: - Et rien n'a derange le severe portique. 14 22 Gerard de Nerval Vers dores Eh quoi! tout est sensible! PYTHAGORE Homme, libre penseur! te crois-tu seul pensant Dans ce monde ou la vie eclate en toute chose? Des forces que tu tiens ta liberte dispose, Mais de tous tes conseils l'univers est absent. ' Et tout sur ton etre est puissant.

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