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Collected Poems

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Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898) is one of the giants of nineteenth-century French poetry. Leader of the Symbolist movement, he exerted a powerful influence on modern literature and thought, which can be traced in the works of Paul Valéry, W.B. Yeats, and Jacques Derrida. From his early twenties until the time of his death, Mallarmé produced poems of astonishing originality a ...more
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Published March 13th 1995 by University of California Press
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Nov 14, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
Is Mallarme even translable? Besides that point this coffee table sized book is wonderful. Mallarme wrote poetry like a visual artist - and one of the reasons why Marcel Duchamp was a big fan of his work.

The way the poems were layed out on the page were just as important as the text itself. A work about ideas than feelings. Fantastic!
May 08, 2008 Wryly rated it it was amazing
Seated in the sensual this book of poems will take your perceptions for a flight. The translation is very sound conscious. The langauge bubbles.
J.M. Hushour
Jun 07, 2016 J.M. Hushour rated it it was ok
I'm not sure if it was the translation or the scouring jadedness that fills the decade or so between readings, but Mallarme just isn't as good as I remember him being. I love me some Symbolist literature, and Steve is the pinnacle and figurehead of the movement in poetry, at least. Too bad I found his poems largely banal and of little weight to mark them off from much of its contemporary ilk. There are a few exceptions, the "Tombeaus" and a few others, but mostly just not that great. Certainly n ...more
Peter Crofts
Sep 17, 2014 Peter Crofts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best place to go if you can't read French. The layout of the book, something like that of a coffee table book, is a great idea. This leaves a lot of blank space on the page in which the text is situated. That in itself carries a high degree of symbolism for this particular poet. Besides the quality of the translations, which try and preserve meter and rhyme, this volume also offers an abundance of commentary. Mallarme is one of the most elusive poets there is, after years of reading ...more
Sean A.
Oct 08, 2012 Sean A. rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
re-reading it after all these years...
this is a really hard book to rate. it was rather hit or miss. even as a life-long student of poetry, a lot of these were wordy and oblique to me. (i guess that's what i get for not brushing up on the classics more often...) yet often right when i would be totally lost in the words between the margins, they would hint at sardonic glory. also good thing there's the explanations in the back although its a bit weird how these are longer than the poems themselve
Aug 10, 2007 cristiana is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i saw (literally, you see his work, which i think strikes up an interesting relationship between the viewer - who is also the reader - and the text) a whittled down version of un coup de des in that mccafferty anthology. i also am beginning to write in such a way where i want to actually set up words on a grid system, and perhaps mallarme often wondered - 'what are the limits of a poem? or are there limits? where is the conceptual boundary between visual art, concrete poetry, and poetry?'

Sep 28, 2011 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I really need to learn French to properly enjoy this poetry; still, even in translation, it is wonderful.
Sep 07, 2007 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful edition, but why in God's name isn't "Igitur" in the collection? A real shortcoming...
Jan 30, 2008 D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Mallarme wrote a couple of my favorites; much of this is too symbolisty for me.
Jan 25, 2013 June rated it did not like it
Regarde Mallarme--I know he is a great poet. Mon Dieu! I just don't get him...
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Stéphane Mallarmé (French: [stefan malaʁme]; 18 March 1842 – 9 September 1898), whose real name was Étienne Mallarmé, was a French poet and critic. He was a major French symbolist poet, and his work anticipated and inspired several revolutionary artistic schools of the early 20th century, such as Dadaism, Surrealism, and Futurism.
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