Selected Poems of Apollinaire

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Apollinaire's poetry reflects the heady years of artistic and intellectual ferment before the First World War. The most dynamic modernist French poet and the champion of the Cubist painters, he is remembered as much for his more traditional lyric poems as for the typographical experiments of his calligrammes'. Subtle and complex, yet often direct, his poetry is still fresh and memorable.

Guillaume Apollinaire was born in Rome in 1880. Educated in Monaco and Nice, he became a ...

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Overview

Apollinaire's poetry reflects the heady years of artistic and intellectual ferment before the First World War. The most dynamic modernist French poet and the champion of the Cubist painters, he is remembered as much for his more traditional lyric poems as for the typographical experiments of his calligrammes'. Subtle and complex, yet often direct, his poetry is still fresh and memorable.

Guillaume Apollinaire was born in Rome in 1880. Educated in Monaco and Nice, he became a French citizen only in 1916, after service in the artillery and infantry. He was badly wounded in the head in 1916, and died during the Paris flu epidemic in 1918. As prose writer and art critic as well as poet, Apollinaire was the moving spirit of French modernism.

Oliver Bernard, born in 1925, has worked as an advisory teacher of drama, and was a director of the Speak a Poem Competition from its inception. He has lived in Norfolk for over thirty years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856463594
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Poetica Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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The moving spirit of French modernism, Apollinaire was born in Rome in 1880. He became a French citizen only in 1916, after service in the artillery and infantry. He died during the Paris flu epidemic of 1918. Born in 1925, Oliver Bernard has translated the poems of Arthur Rimbaud as well as Apollinaire. His own poems, titled 'Verse &c.', were published by Anvil in 2001.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 13
Orpheus / Orphee 19
Zone / Zone 21
The Pont Mirabeau / Le Pont Mirabeau 33
Tortoise / La tortue 34
Horse / Le cheval 35
The Song of the Ill-Loved / La Chanson du Mal-Aime 37
'One night of London mist and flame' / Un soir de demi-brume a Londres 37
Song for Laetare a Year Past / Aubade chantee a Laetare un an passe 43
'Many of those gods are dead'/ 'Beaucoup de ces dieux ont peri' 45
Reply of the Zapur-Og Cossacks / Reponse des Cosaques Zaporogues 47
'O milky way' / 'Voie lactee' 49
The Seven Swords / Les sept epees 55
'O milky way' / 'Voie lactee' 59
Autumn Crocuses / Les colchiques 63
Annie / Annie 65
Marizibill / Marizibill 67
The Traveller / La voyageur 69
The Door / La porte 73
Tibetan Goat / La chevre du Thibet 74
Hare / Le lievre 75
The Circus People / Saltimbanques 77
The Landor Road Emigrant / L'Emigrant de Landor Road 79
Rosemonde / Rosemonde 83
May / Mai 85
Synagogue / La synagogue 87
The Betrothal / Les fiancailles 89
'The Spring invites unfaithful lovers to wander' / 'Le printemps laisse errer les fiances parjures' 89
'My friends have at last admitted they despise me' / 'Mes amis m'ont enfin avoue leur mepris' 89
'I no longer even have pity for myself' / 'Je n'ai plus meme pitie de moi' 91
'I have summoned up the courage' / 'J'ai eu le courage' 91
'Forgive me for my ignorance' / 'Pardonnez-moi mon ignorance' 93
'I observe the Sunday rest' / 'J'observe le repos du dimanche' 93
'In the end lies no longer frighten me' / 'A la fin les mensonges ne me font plus peur' 95
'At the corner of a street' / 'Au tournant d'une rue' 95
'O flaming Templars' / 'Templiers flamboyants' 97
1909 / 1909 99
In the Sante / A la Sante 101
Rabbit / Le lapin 106
Dromedary / Le dromadaire 107
Hunting Horns / Cors de chasse 109
The Windows / Les fenetres 111
Rue Christine Monday / Lundi rue Christine 115
Heart, Crown and Mirror / Coeur couronne et miroir 119
It's Raining / Il pleut 121
The Little Car / La petite auto 123
Gala / Fete 127
Exercise / Exercice 129
Postcard / Carte postale 131
Mouse / La souris 132
Carp / La carpe 133
The Pretty Red-Head / La jolie rousse 135
Cornflower / Bleuet 139
The Skirt / Le jupon 143
Prayer / Priere 145
Hotel / Hotel 147
Calligram for Madeleine (15 May 1915) / Calligramme a Madeleine (le 15 mai, 1915) 149
The Ninth Secret Poem / Le neuvieme poeme secret 151
Inscription for the Tomb of the Painter Henri Rousseau the Douanier / Inscription pour le tombeau du peintre Henri Rousseau Douanier 153
Table / Table 155
'Here is the coffin ...' / 'Voici le cerceuil ...' 157
'Vive la France!' / 'Vive la France!' 159
'Harden old heart ...' / 'Endurcis-toi vieux coeur ...' 159
Letter to Andre Billy. 9 April 1915 / [Poeme epistolaire] 161
Inscription on Apollinaire's Tombstone / Inscription qui se trouve sur le tombeau d'Apollinaire 163
Notes 165
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