Selected Poems, Bilingual edition

Selected Poems, Bilingual edition

by Stephane Mallarme, Sta1/2phane Mallarma1/2, C. F. Macintyre
     
 

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The leading poet of French symbolism, Stéphane Mallarmé has exercised an enormous influence both on French and on English and American avant-garde writers. In this volume C. F. MacIntyre has translated forty-three of his poems, including the "Ouverture" and "Scène" from Hérodiade, which was to have been a drama in verse, and the

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The leading poet of French symbolism, Stéphane Mallarmé has exercised an enormous influence both on French and on English and American avant-garde writers. In this volume C. F. MacIntyre has translated forty-three of his poems, including the "Ouverture" and "Scène" from Hérodiade, which was to have been a drama in verse, and the well-known L'Après-midi d'un faune, for which Debussy composed his orchestral prelude. The French text faces the English translations, which are both true to the original and poetic.

Indeed, as MacIntyre suggests, Debussy is probably "one of the best guides into the mysterious realm of Mallarmé." The poet was more concerned with the music of words, their sounds and vague associations, than with their conventional meanings; one of the elements in his credo was that suggestion and evocation are of greater significance than statement. His syntax is fractious, his meaning frequently enigmatic; but the reader will find MacIntyre's notes helpful in savoring the translations and the original French verses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520234789
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/20/2002
Edition description:
Bilingual
Pages:
183
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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C. F. MacIntyre (d. 1967) began his translations from Mallarmé in 1939. Meanwhile he published translations from three other important French poets: Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, and Tristan Corbière. He is well known for his Faust and his translations of Rainer Maria Rilke. His volumes of original poems include The Black Bull, Cafés and Cathedrals, and Poems.

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