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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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by University of California Press (first published 1994)
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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!
Peter Crofts
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
Seated in the sensual this book of poems will take your perceptions for a flight. The translation is very sound conscious. The langauge bubbles.
cras culture
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?'

I really need to learn French to properly enjoy this poetry; still, even in translation, it is wonderful.
A beautiful edition, but why in God's name isn't "Igitur" in the collection? A real shortcoming...
Mallarme wrote a couple of my favorites; much of this is too symbolisty for me.
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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