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Divagations

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"This is a book just the way I don't like them," the father of French Symbolism, Stephane Mallarme, informs the reader in his preface to "Divagations" "scattered and with no architecture." On the heels of this caveat, Mallarme's diverting, discursive, and gorgeously disordered 1897 masterpiece tumbles forth--and proves itself to be just the sort of book his readers like mo ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Belknap Press
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Gary
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
stephane mallarmé's poetry is often absolutely untranslatable [but listen to the music in a line such as "abolit le bibelot d'inanité sonore"], and his brilliant prose ain't easy either, but ripe with new directions and often still virgin soil. this editon tackles a good number with decent respect, rewarding attention. [speaking translation and [author: stephane mallarmé], it's interesting to read his translation of monsieur poë's raven (courbeau) and also his text book of english grammar (E.G. ...more
Daniel Ramírez Martins
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mallarmé shows a huge revolution on his critical prose. When I read this book, I just can't believe he was born in the 20th century. He totally shows a new spirit of modernity. This amazing book also helps a lot to understand many of his works in poetry.
david-baptiste
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mallarme's prose is very beuatiful--if one is able to follow through with attention he leads one to a better understanding not only of his own poems but of a great deal of poetry qua poetry
thisis thekindof bopok i read once and then continue to do for the rest of mylife, as each time one learns something new from it
my favorite mallarme book is actully the fragements whcih contitute Un Tombeau pour Anatole (Tomb for Anatole, his son who died very young)
if you read mallarme in french, he adds a wh
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Mitch
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mallarmé explores the meaning of poetry, literature and the contentious philosophies of fin-de-siécle 19th Century Paris, with a horizon that occasional increases to include Germany and other parts of Europe. He's a blowhard, crafting deliriously vertiginous sentences to convey his ideas, but they are very interesting ideas. You'll come away feeling like you've endured a blustery day, with all the invigoration and difficulty that entails.
Ryan
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graduate-school
Mallarmé is a bit tedious in my opinion, but he stumbles across some very interesting nuances to poetry among which is my most favorite "the breakage of verse reenacts the breakage of the world". His post-revolutionary execution of poetic fragmentation and lexical slippage add wonderful avenues for comparative readings for other post-violence verse.
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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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