Collected Poems and Other Verse
St phane Mallarm was the most radically innovative of nineteenth-century poets, and a key figure in Modernism. His writings, with their richly sensuous texture and air of slyly intangible mystery, perplexed or outraged many early readers; yet no writer has more profoundly influenced the course of modern poetry - in English as well as in French. This is the fullest collecti...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published May 22nd 2006)
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I wish I could read French, but unfortunately it's not one of the languages that I've studied. Mallarme is notoriously untranslatable, however this particular edition is well respected and does include the French text on the left hand side, so it can, at the very least, provide you with the option of getting a feel for how it was meant to sound. I think that Mallarme's poetry is brilliant in that it is so extraordinarily self-reflexive. On the other hand, Mallarme seems to be an alchemist with l...more
While more often poetic then a prose writer, the Symbolist Mallarmé, along with Baudelaire in "Paris Spleen" and Rimbaud in "Seasons of Hell," attempted to destroy the boundary between poetry and prose, creating narratives outside of traditional syntactic forms that could be read for both the story and images at once. These works also capture the picture of the distraught French writer so eloquently distilled later in Sartre's "Nausea." On the other hand, Mallarmé's most famous poem, "A Throw of...more
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.More about Stéphane Mallarmé...