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The Symbolist Movement in Literature

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Without symbolism there can be no literature; indeed, not even language. Words themselves are symbols. Symbolism began with the first words uttered by the first man as he named every living thing. In a symbol there is concealment, yet revelation. All of these have greatly contributed to our understanding of symbolism. Contents: Gerard de Nerval; Villiers de L'isle Adam; Ar ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1899)
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Tiago Filipe
É um roteiro da literatura simbolista que elege alguns dos nomes cujos projectos poéticos mais contornos deram a esta gaveta de literaturas.

Para explicar o movimento, Symons baseia-se na arbitrariedade linguística estruturalista acabando por justificar que tudo o que é linguagem é símbolo, furando o próprio pé. Enquanto objecto estético, enquanto beco sem saída de toda a linguagem e toda a literatura, o símbolo procede a ser equacionado a obscurantismo, dificultando novamente a compreensão da s
Maxwell Foley
Really quirky. Symons gives brief outlines of several figures involved in, well, the Symbolist movement in literature, only he seems somewhat disinterested in these authors biographical details, or even discussing the specifics of their works. Instead, he discusses at great length what he believes to be these authors' unique spiritual persuasion - their orientation towards the universe and the divine. There was something thrillingly eccentric about this, though I think if it was any longer it wo ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gets a little theosophistic at times, but it's easy to see why Eliot and his contemporaries were so enthralled by the first edition of Symons' book. Especially interesting to read a contemporary poet's opinions on Rimbaud just a few years after his death, even if those remarks haven't aged particularly well in the intervening century.
Peter Korotaev
Lovely period piece/character portraits of some extraordinary artists+personalities. Less in the way of radical literary criticism/philosophizing, of which some pretty theosophic solipsisms form the extent. Reading about Verlaine and Mallarme from the perspective of a friend was still wonderful.
Another bit of essential reading for my thesis, but not the kind of thing I'd stick out for miscellany. Does make me think how lucky I am that so much of my prospectus book list is stuff I genuinely care about and would read even if I didn't have to write dozens of pages about.
May 09, 2016 Manuel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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one of the least read and most important books in (effecting) literary history
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Born in Milford Haven, Wales, of Cornish parents, Symons was educated privately, spending much of his time in France and Italy. In 1884–1886 he edited four of Bernard Quaritch's Shakespeare Quarto Facsimiles, and in 1888–1889 seven plays of the "Henry Irving" Shakespeare. He became a member of the staff of the Athenaeum in 1891, and of the Saturday Review in 1894, but his major editorial feat was ...more
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“Vaguely conscious of that great suspense in which we live, we find our escape from its sterile, annihilating reality in many dreams, in religion, passion, art.” 6 likes
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