Selected Poems, Bilingual edition


The leading poet of French symbolism, St?phane Mallarm? has exercised an enormous influence both on French and on English and American avant-garde writers.
In this volume C. F. Mac
Intyre has translated forty-three of his poems, including the "Ouverture" and "Sc?ne" from H?rodiade, which was to have been a drama in verse, and the well-known L'Apr?s-midi d'un faune, for which ...

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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. Mac
Intyre 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 Mac
Intyre 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 Mac
Intyre's notes helpful in savoring the translations and the original French verses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520234789
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2002
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

C. F. Mac
(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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Table of Contents

Salut 2
Placet futile 4
Une negresse par le demon secouee ... 6
Les Fenetres 8
Angoisse 12
Tristesse d'ete 14
Aumone 16
Herodiade 20
L'Apres-midi d'un Faune 46
Sainte 56
Toast funebre 58
Prose (pour des Esseintes) 62
Autre Eventail 68
Feuillet d'album 70
Rememoration d'amis belges 72
Chansons bas 74
Petit Air 78
Plusieurs Sonnets 82
Sonnet (pour votre chere morte, son ami) 86
Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe 88
Le Tombeau de Charles Baudelaire 90
Tombeau [de Paul Verlaine] 92
Hommage [a Richard Wagner] 94
Au seul souci de voyager ... 96
Toute l'ame resumee ... 98
Autres Poemes et Sonnets 100
Quelle soie aux baumes de temps ... 104
M'introduire dans ton histoire ... 106
A la nue accablante tu ... 108
Mes bouquins refermes sur le nom de Paphos ... 110
Notes 113
Bibliography 165
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