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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 offer certain initial support with the issues of poetic appreciation. The fourteen poets represented the following offer a diversified and intriguing 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 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 most important 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 charm, invite a brand new examine the lyric traditions of french verse and supply an enticing new street for examine. the alternative of poems, dictated peculiarly through their person poetic price, displays additionally the developments of modern 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 without delay into the guts of the richness of subject, kind and interpretation. those will turn out of worth not just to the scholar who's grappling with the fundamentals of french verse, or is concerned to offer intensity to his familiarity, yet to the final reader trying to re-ignite his delight in French poetry. additionally, there are introductions to every poet summarizing the essence of his artwork, worthwhile feedback for additional studying, and teams of dicussion issues to stimulate comparative insights and a much wider responsiveness.

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44 34 Charles Baudelaire Nul astre d'ailleurs, nuls vestiges De soleil, meme au bas du ciel, Pour illuminer ces prodiges, Qui brillaient d'un feu personnel! 48 Et sur ces mouvantes merveilles Planait (terrible nouveaute! ) Un silence d'eternite. 52 II En rouvrant mes yeux pleins de flamme J'ai vu l'horreur de mon taudis, Et senti, rentrant dans mon ame, La pointe des soucis maudits; 56 La pendule aux accents funebres Sonnait brutalement midi, Et le ciel versait des tenebres Sur le triste monde engourdi.

25 Cheveux bleus, pavilion de tenebres tendues, Vous me rendez l'azur du ciel immense et rond; Sur les bords duvetes de vos meches tordues Je m'enivre ardemment des senteurs confondues De l'huile de coco, du muse et du goudron. 30 Longtemps! toujours! ma main dans ta criniere lourde Semera le rubis, la perle et le saphir, Afin qu'a mon desir tu ne sois jamais sourde! N'es-tu pas l'oasis ou je reve, et la gourde Ou je hume a longs traits le vin du souvenir? 35 Avec ses vetements... Avec ses vetements ondoyants et nacres, Meme quand elle marche on croirait qu'elle danse, Comme ces longs serpents que les jongleurs sacres Au bout de leurs batons agitent en cadence.

Et, tremblante, surprise, N'osant pas resister, 4 16 Victor Hugo Fort decontenancee Devant un Quos ego, Ma chanson est chassee Par cette virago. g Pluie. On me congedie Partout, sur tous les tons. Fin de la comedie, Hirondelles, partons. 12 Grele et vent. La ramee Tord ses bras rabougris; La-bas fuit la fumee, Blanche sur le ciel gris. 16 Une pale dorure Jaunit les coteaux froids. Le trou de ma serrure Me souffle sur les doigts. 20 Je suisfait ctombre et de marbre... Je suis fait d'ombre et de marbre.

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