Creole Echoes: The Francophone Poetry of Nineteenth-Century Louisiana

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Creole poets have always eluded easy definition, infusing European poetic forms with Louisiana themes and Native American and African influences to produce an impressive variety of highly accomplished verses. The first major collection of its kind, Creole Echoes contains more than a hundred of these poems by more than thirty different poets, presented in their original French alongside English translations by Norman R. Shapiro.

The poems gathered here were all composed by Louisiana residents of European, African, and Caribbean origin. Their themes range from love and history to nightmare and childhood recollection. In these pages somber elegies meet whimsical surprises, and rhyming animal fables meet political panegyrics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252071492
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 999,443
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments
On the Portrait of 3
Niagra 5
To the Mickingbird 5
For ***, on Seeing Her Portrait 5
Child Cupid 7
To Priscus 7
To a Beautiful and Misshapen Woman 7
For Cinna 9
For Emile 9
On Paulla 9
To Bithynicus 11
The Perfect Couple 11
On Chloe 13
For Milo 13
The Wrestler 15
The Two Rabbits 17
To Spring 21
The Oak and the Reed 23
The Oyster and the Adversaries 25
The Hare and the Tortoise 25
Lines Written in the Album of Mademoiselle *** 29
Declaration 29
"Lazarus is the nameless, sickly pauper" 33
The Orphan Girl 35
The Drop of Water 37
The Lion 39
The Tapeworm 41
The Log and the Saw 41
For Madame F. B. 43
Brunette or Blonde? 43
The Troubadour to His Queen 45
The Oyster and the Pearl 45
The Wasp and the Bee 47
The Tree and the Mast 49
An Evening in Jackson Square 53
Memories of the Wilderness 57
What Makes Me Dream 61
Memory of the Ball 61
Love 63
Jealousy 63
The Firefly and the Violet 65
Pansy 67
Stella Maris 69
Sonnet 71
Heavenly Angel 73
Yes and No 75
For Nina 79
The Cricket and the Ant 83
The Wolf and the Stork 89
The South's Constant Revolt 91
Epigram 95
Mardi Gras 95
Mosaic 99
For Mademoiselle Adele *** 101
On the Death of H. Boussuge 103
For Corinne *** 105
For Madame C *** 107
Lines in the Album of Monsieur *** 109
To Pere Chocarne 111
For a Friend Who Accused Me of Plagiarism 115
An Impression 117
My Old Hat 119
For Ida 121
The Melon 123
The Preacher's Hat 125
Fatherland 129
The Flower Moon over Louisiana 133
The Oak and Its Moss 137
Reply to My Friend Monsieur St. Pierre 139
To My Friend P., Who Asked Me for My Opinion on Marriage 141
For Magda 143
Love and Devotion 149
The Coward 153
Double Rondeau 155
Evening Stroll on the Levee 159
Man, Bird of Passage on This Earth 161
Recollection of Kentucky 165
To the Ladies of New Orleans 167
Imitation from the German 171
The Whippoorwill 173
For a Child 173
For Monsieur Hilarion Huc 175
The Bachelor 177
For a Dissolute Old Man 181
For Monsieur *** 183
For M *** 185
The Louisianan 187
On the Death of a Friend 189
Beranger 189
On a Little Child 191
Woe unto Him Who Wrongs Me 191
Lines (Concerning a young lady who had been shot at) 193
For a Young Lady 195
Two Years Later 195
For Monsieur Alex. Latil 199
Washington 203
Farewell 207
The Return 209
On the Death of the Author of Les Ephemeres 211
The Poor Man's Funeral Procession 215
You 217
Fallen Woman 219
Moonlight 223
To My American Miss 223
The Incubus 225
To My Muse 227
An Old Mulatress's Lament; or, Sanite Foueron's Despair 229
For Hermina 231
Suggestions for Further Reading 233
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