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Verlaine ranks alongside Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Rimbaud as one of the most influential poets of late nineteenth-century France. Remarkable not only for his exquisitely crafted verse, Verlaine is also the poet of strong emotions and appetites, with an unrivalled gift for the sheer music of poetry, and an inventive approach to its technique. This bilingual edition provides the most comprehensive selection of his poetry yet, offering some 170 poems in lively and fresh translations. It also offers a lucid ...
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Overview


Verlaine ranks alongside Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Rimbaud as one of the most influential poets of late nineteenth-century France. Remarkable not only for his exquisitely crafted verse, Verlaine is also the poet of strong emotions and appetites, with an unrivalled gift for the sheer music of poetry, and an inventive approach to its technique. This bilingual edition provides the most comprehensive selection of his poetry yet, offering some 170 poems in lively and fresh translations. It also offers a lucid introduction which illuminates Verlaine's poetic form within the context of French Impressionism and the poetry of sensation.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199554010
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 975,326
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Sorrell is Reader in French and Translation Studies at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

A Street in Bronzeville 3
kitchenette building 3
the mother 4
southeast corner 5
hunchback girl: she thinks of heaven 5
a song in the front yard 6
the ballad of chocolate Mabbie 7
the preacher: ruminates behind the sermon 8
Sadie and Maud 8
the independent man 9
of De Witt Williams on his way to Lincoln Cemetery 10
the vacant lot 11
The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith 12
Negro Hero 19
gay chaps at the bar 22
still do I keep my look, my identity ... 23
my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell 23
looking 24
piano after war 24
mentors 25
the white troops had their orders but the Negroes looked like men 25
firstly inclined to take what it is told 26
"God works in a mysterious way" 27
love note I: surely 27
love note II: flags 28
the progress 28
Notes from the Childhood and the Girlhood 33
Clogged and soft and sloppy eyes 33
Chicken, she chided early, should not wait 33
After the baths and bowel-work, he was dead 34
Late Annie in her bower lay 34
The duck fats rot in the roasting pan 35
"Do not be afraid of no" 36
But can see better there, and laughing there 37
Think of sweet and chocolate 38
You need the untranslatable ice to watch 50
The Certainty we two shall meet by God 51
Oh mother, mother, where is happiness 51
The Womanhood 52
People who have no children can be hard 52
What shall I give my children? who are poor 53
And shall I prime my children, pray, to pray? 53
First fight. Then fiddle. Ply the slipping string 54
When my dears die, the festival-colored brightness 54
Life for my child is simple, and is good 55
Sweet Sally took a cardboard box 56
A light and diplomatic bird 57
Carried her unprotesting out the door 58
They get to Benvenuti's. There are booths 59
The dry brown coughing beneath their feet 61
And if sun comes 62
One wants a Teller in a time like this 63
People protest in sprawling lightless ways 64
Men of careful turns, haters of forks in the road 65
In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Father 69
My Little 'Bout-town Gal 70
Strong Men, Riding Horses 71
The Bean Eaters 72
We Real Cool 73
Old Mary 74
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi, Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon 75
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till 81
Mrs. Small 82
Jessie Mitchell's Mother 85
The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock 87
The Lovers of the Poor 90
A Sunset of the City 94
A Man of the Middle Class 96
The Crazy Woman 99
Bronzeville Man with a Belt in the Back 100
A Lovely Love 101
A Penitent Considers Another Coming of Mary 102
Bronzeville Woman in a Red Hat 103
In Emanuel's Nightmare: Another Coming of Christ 107
The Ballad of Rudolph Reed 110
Riders to the Blood-red Wrath 115
The Empty Woman 119
To Be in Love 120
Of Robert Frost 122
Langston Hughes 123
A Catch of Shy Fish 124
garbageman: the man with the orderly mind 124
sick man looks at flowers 124
old people working (garden, car) 125
weaponed woman 125
old tennis player 125
a surrealist and Omega 126
Spaulding and Francois 126
Big Bessie throws ber son into the street 127
About Gwendolyn Brooks 129
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