Twentieth-Century French Poetry: A Critical Anthology

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Modern French poetry is unique in the boldness and creativity of its experiments in form and genre, from classical verse to vers libre, from calligrammes to prose poems and poésie sonore. This anthology includes 32 poems by French and francophone poets, each followed by an accessibly written, detailed commentary. The different approaches adopted in the close readings by specialists in their field reflect the major trends in current literary criticism and theory. A foreword by one of France's foremost poets, Yves ...

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Overview

Modern French poetry is unique in the boldness and creativity of its experiments in form and genre, from classical verse to vers libre, from calligrammes to prose poems and poésie sonore. This anthology includes 32 poems by French and francophone poets, each followed by an accessibly written, detailed commentary. The different approaches adopted in the close readings by specialists in their field reflect the major trends in current literary criticism and theory. A foreword by one of France's foremost poets, Yves Bonnefoy, a general introduction, and an afterword provide a helpful theoretical framework for the study of modern poetry. An extensive bibliography, concise biographies of the poets, and a glossary of literary terms are included. Students of French and of comparative literature will gain a deeper understanding of the development of French verse and of the artistic movements (especially in the visual arts) which have shaped twentieth-century French poetry.

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"Hugo Azérad and Peter Collier have put together a splendid text for the teaching of twentieth-century French poetry. The collection of poems and commentaries is extremely well conceived, with a broad spectrum of poets represented and a format offering an appealing array of full poems of every form and genre accompanied by close readings by prominent critics of every stripe....the book provides everything needed to guide both undergraduate and graduate students in the study of contemporary French poetry....Thus, I would strongly recommend this book not only as an ideal reader for all courses on modern French poetry, but also as a marvellous addition for other kinds of courses in modern French and/or comparative literature....There are no uninteresting pieces in the collection, and a remarkable proportion of the poems and critical readings are true gems."
—Mary Lewis Shaw, Journal of European Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521713986
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Preface

Acknowledgements

Copyright acknowledgements

Foreword: Ending the mission, inaugurating the pac Yves Bonnefoy Bonnefoy, Yves

General introduction Hugues Azerad Azerad, Hugues 1

Part I Traditions and modernisms

1 Paul Valery, áLe Cantique des colonnes' (1922) Peter Collier Collier, Peter 17

2 Victor Segalen, áAux dix mille annees' (1912) Charles Forsdick Forsdick, Charles 25

3 Guillaume Apollinaire, áLettre-Ocean' (1916) Timothy Mathews Mathews, Timothy 34

4 Marie Noel, áAttente' (1920) Alison Finch Finch, Alison 44

5 Blaise Cendrars, áMee Too Buggi' (1919) Clive Scott Scott, Clive 53

6 Saint-John Perse, áEcrit sur la porte' (1925) Mary Gallagher Gallagher, Mary 61

7 Leopold Sedar Senghor, áA New York' (1956) Roger Little Little, Roger 70

Part II Avant-gardes

8 Pierre Reverdy, áL'Esprit du dehors' (1915), áL'Esprit dehors' (1960) Stephen Romer Romer, Stephen 81

9 Paul Eluard, áLa courbe de tes yeux...' (1926) Richard Stamelman Stamelman, Richard 90

10 Andre Breton, áVigilance' (1932) Elza Adamowicz Adamowicz, Elza 98

11 Louis Aragon, áElsa je t'aime' (1941) Tom Conley Conley, Tom 105

12 Henri Michaux, áIniji' (1973) Margaret Rigaud-Drayton Rigaud-Drayton, Margaret 116

13 Aime Cesaire, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal (1939) Jean Khalfa Khalfa, Jean 123

14 Francis Ponge, áLe Volet suivi de sa scholie' (1946) Philippe Met Met, Philippe 133

Part III Poetics of presence

15 Rene Char, áGravite' (1938) Roger Cardinal Cardinal, Roger 147

16 Yves Bonnefoy, áRue Traversiere' (1987) Victoria Best Best, Victoria 155

17 Andre du Bouchet, áAccidents' (1961) Emma Wagstaff Wagstaff, Emma 163

18 Jacques Dupin, áCommencer' (1969) Mary Ann Caws Caws, Mary Ann 170

19 Philippe Jaccottet, áL'Ignorant' (1958) Jean-Michel Maulpoix Maulpoix, Jean-Michel 174

20 Edouard Glissant, áPour Mycea' (1985) Jean-Pascal Pouzet Pouzet, Jean-Pascal 181

Part IV New voices, new visions

21 Michel Deguy, áLe Metronome' (1993) Beatrice Bonhomme Bonhomme, Beatrice 195

22 Bernard Heidsieck, áPoeme-partition B2B3 (Exorcisme)' (1962) Jean-Pierre Bobillot Bobillot, Jean-Pierre 204

23 Jacques Reda, áL'Incorrigible' (1995) Susan Harrow Harrow, Susan 214

24 Bernard Noel, áLes etats de l'air' (1983) Andrew Rothwell Rothwell, Andrew 222

25 Jacques Roubaud, áDes que je me leve' (1986) Meryl Tyers Tyers, Meryl 230

26 Marie-Claire Bancquart, áEssentiel' (1986) Shirley Jordan Jordan, Shirley 240

27 Nguyen Hoang Bao Viet, áAnne Frank' (1959, 1980) Thanh-Van Ton-That Ton-That, Thanh-Van 247

28 Claude Esteban, áIls sont riches, mon pere / et ma mere' (1999) Robert W. Greene Greene, Robert W. 253

29 Gerard Titus-Carmel, áOr battant...' (2006) Michael Bishop Bishop, Michael 260

30 Jean-Michel Maulpoix, áLe bleu ne fait pas de bruit' (1992) Laure Helms Helms, Laure 267

31 Amina Said, áTrois continents derivent' (1988) Rosemary Lloyd Lloyd, Rosemary 272

32 Pierre Alferi, áUne defense de la posie' (1997) Michael Sheringham Sheringham, Michael 279

Afterword: Reading twentieth-century French verse Clive Scott Scott, Clive 288

Biographies of the poets 295

Glossary 312

Select bibliography 319

Index 328

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