Alcools: Poems / Edition 1

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Overview

A collection of poems written by Guillamume Apollinaire translated by Donald Revell, contemporary poet. Alcools has aged well, retaining its ability to illuminate the modern experience with rare force and whimsy.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Revell Beautiful Shirt buoyantly delivers into English the swift visions and odd, bright beauty of Alcools originally published in 1913, arguably one of this century's most inventive and influential books of poetry. Apollinaire, writes Revell, ``introduced the century to its true self.'' He popularized the term ``surrealism'' and, in poems like the sparkling ``Zone'' and the more magisterial but no less energetic ``The Harvest Month,'' strove to bring a form of cubism to poetry through the use of verbal collage, polyphony and highly extracted urban imagery, all of which later had a profound effect on American Modernism and the Beats. In translations facing the original French, Revell has maintained the deliberate awkwardness of Apollinaire's free verse, his informal slant rhymes and assonance. Contoured and complex, Alcools has aged well, retaining its ability to illuminate the modern experience with rare force and whimsy: ``Listen to me I am the gullet of Paris/ If it pleases me I will swallow all of creation/ Listen to my songs of cosmic drunkenness...'' Aug.
From The Critics
French poetry does not come over very well in English, in what Henry James called 'our own less pensive tongue.' And this I feel is the signal excellence of what Revell does with Alcools as a whole: he translates into a lighter, quicker, more spontaneous tone than we are accustomed to. He parallels the dizzing velocity of Apollinaire's French while remaining legible in English. It is an unfussy version-personal yet not eccentric-that will give readers the chance to taste the source.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819512284
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 8/25/1995
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Edition description: Trans. from the French
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 731,127
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

DONALD REVELL recently became Writer-in Residence and Professor of English at the University of Utah. Winner of a Guggenheim and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, his most recent Wesleyan book is Beautiful Shirt (1994).
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Table of Contents

The Alcools of Guillaume Apollinaire: Why and Why Now
Translator's Note
Zone / Zone 2
Le Pont Mirabeau / Mirabeau Bridge 12
La Chanson du Mal Aime / The Song of the Poorly Loved 14
Les Colchiques / Saffrons 34
Palais / Palace 36
Chantre / Singer 40
Crepuscule / Twilight 42
Annie / Annie 44
La Maison des Morts / The House of the Dead 46
Clotilde / Clotilde 60
Cortege / Procession 62
Marizibill / Marizibill 68
Le Voyageur / The Traveler 70
Marie / Marie 74
La Blanche Neige / Snow 76
Poeme lu au mariage d'Andre Salmon / Poem Read at the Marriage of Andre Salmon 78
L'Adieu / The Farewell 82
Salome / Salome 84
La Porte / The Door 86
Saltimbanques / Saltimbanques 88
Le Vent nocturne / The Wind by Night 90
Lul de Faltenin / Lul of Faltenin 92
La Tzigane / The Gypsy 96
Automne / Autumn 98
L'Emigrant de Landor Road / The Emigrant from Landor Road 100
Rosemonde / Rosemonde 104
Le Brasier / The Brazier 106
Rhenanes / Rhenanes 112
Signe / Sign 130
Un Soir / An Evening 132
La Dame / The Lady 134
Les Fiancailles / The Betrothal 136
Clair de Lune / Clair de Lune 144
1909 / 1909 146
A la Sante / At the Sante 148
Automne malade / Sickly Autumn 154
Hotels / Hotels 156
Cors de Chasse / Hunting Horns 158
Vendemiaire / The Harvest Month 160
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