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Collected Poems and Other Verse

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  431 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Stéphane Mallarmé 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 collect ...more
Paperback, Bilingual (English-French), 282 pages
Published January 15th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 9th 1899)
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Nov 03, 2007 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, french
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
Justin Evans
Sep 11, 2015 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-and-drama
There's much in Mallarme that I'm not particularly fond of: portentous art-for-art's-sakeness, tiring decadence, and the combination of those two, naturally.

On the other hand, this excellent little volume gives you the French, with not entirely awful English translations, at a reasonable price, and the French gives even poor French readers like myself the means to find the gold in Mallarme. Being able to see the full range of his poetry, in French, meant that I could finally place him where he
May 30, 2008 Tait rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, poetry
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
Alex Obrigewitsch
Oct 07, 2015 Alex Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is wonderful that this volume contains the original French text on the facing pages, as Mallarmé is notoriously difficult to translate, given the place that he accords language.
My French is not very good, so I am thankful for the translations, though some feel as though they fall wide of the mark.
The volume is well worth it for Un Coup de dés alone, however.
Apr 23, 2016 Bjørnar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't buy the kindle edition. It's bilingual, and probably fine in print, but on kindle it's a hot mess.
Dec 12, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not crazy about the translations here, but I probably wouldn't like *any* translation of Mallarme. Struggling through him with two years of desultory french and a French English dictionary is, frankly, worth it.
Aug 30, 2014 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Quite some of the strangest poetry I have ever read. I especially liked his incorporation of his friends addresses in rhymes on the envelopes...
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Nov 08, 2013 Egor Sofronov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This diction could have no contenders: it is he who fondles the spinning lustre of dissemination. One trembles before a page
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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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“I see myself––an angel!––and I die;
the window may be art or mysticism, yet
I long for rebirth in the former sky
where Beauty blooms, my dream being my coronet!

But, alas, our low World is suzerain!
even in this retreat it can be too
loathsome––till the foul vomit of the Inane
drives me to stop my nose before the blue.

O Self familiar with these bitter things,
can the glass outraged by that monster be
shattered? can I flee with my featherless wings––
and risk falling through all eternity?”
“You made the sobbing white of lilies too,
tumbling lightly across a sea of sighs on
their dreamy way to weeping moonlight through
the azure incense of the pale horizon!”
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