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The Self-Dismembered Man: Selected Later Poems

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Guillaume Apollinaire s final years exactly coincided with the clamorous advent of European Modernism and with the cataclysms of WWI. In The Self-Dismembered Man, poet Donald Revell offers new English translations of the most powerful poems Apollinaire wrote during those years: poems of nascent surrealism, of combat and of war-weariness. Here, too, is Apollinaire s last te ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 23rd 2004 by Wesleyan
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Sean A.
Jan 10, 2012 Sean A. rated it liked it
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the parts of this which i liked, where ravishingly great, and that was really a decent chunk of it. however, the parts which i didn't like where clumsy and eerily sentimental or broadly mystical.
i liked the concretely improbable juxtapositions which makes apollinaire close to a surrealist, yet just restrained and sensical enough to make him close to a modernist. these passages had a lot of flare and were downright entertaining. i personally didn't like how he compared war to a beautiful time
Greg Bem
Apr 11, 2015 Greg Bem rated it really liked it
Not his best work, and not the best translation, but definitely worth the (short) read if you're a fan of the style (or Apollinaire in general).
christopher leibow
Mar 26, 2008 christopher leibow rated it it was amazing
Wonderful translation, and images that stay with you long after you have read the verses.
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Wilhelm Albert Włodzimierz Apolinary Kostrowicki, known as Guillaume Apollinaire (in French pronounced [ɡijom apɔliˈnɛʁ]) was a French poet, writer, and art critic born in Italy to a Polish mother.

Among the foremost poets of the early 20th century, he is credited with coining the word surrealism and writing one of the earliest works described as surrealist, the play Les Mamelles de Tirésias (1917,
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