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Title:
The self-dismembered man : selected later poems of Guillaume Apollinaire
Author:
Apollinaire, Guillaume, 1880-1918.
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Poems. Selections. English & French
Publication Information:
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, [2004]

©2004
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viii, 141 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
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9780819566904

9780819566911
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Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) was a central figure in the Modernist movement in Europe. This bilingual collection of his poems, here translated by Donald Revelle, illuminates Apollinaire's crucial and continuing influence on the European and American avant-garde. His The Pretty Redhead is included.


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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 testament, "The Pretty Redhead," a farewell to the epoch that he--as poet, convict, art-critic, artilleryman and boulevardier--did so much to conjure and sustain until his death on Armistice Day in 1918. Readers of Apollinaire's more familiar early work, Alcools (Wesleyan, 1995), will find here a darker and yet more tender poet, a poet of the broken world who shares entirely the world's catastrophe even as he praises to the end its glamour and its strange innocence. This English translation, facing the original French, illuminates Apollinaire's crucial and continuing influence on the European and American avant-garde. The volume includes a short translator's preface.


Author Notes

Guillaume Apollinaire is one of the most widely read and influential of modern French poets. He was born either in Rome, where he was baptized, or in Monaco, where he was educated at the Lycee Saint-Charles.

Quintessentially modern, his reputation rests principally on two volumes of poems-Alcools (1913) and Calligrammes (1918), which broke with the traditions of nineteenth-century poetry in both form and content. Apollinaire introduced free verse, eliminated punctuation, and even wrote poems in the form of pictures to express the dynamism of the new twentieth century.

Apollinaire wrote novels, short stories, and plays as well as poetry. He wrote The Cubist Painters (1913), which first defined the nature of cubism. In addition, he edited for the Bibliotheque des Curieux erotic books of repute and helped to catalogue the repository of forbidden books in the Bibliotheque Nationale. He became the friend of great cubists, including Picasso and Braque.

He died in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918.

(Bowker Author Biography) Born on August 26, 1880 in Rome, Guillaume Apollinaire epitomizes the idea of the Bohemian life. His mother led a raucous life, running up gambling debts and forcing him to assume the identity of a Russian Prince to support her lifestyle. At that time, there was much speculation regarding his unknown father's identity.

Appolinaire socialized with many avant-garde artists, including Picasso and Braque, and strongly influenced many artistic styles including cubism, dadaism, and surrealism; the latter a term he invented in his play The Breasts of Tiresias. Appolinaire was imprisoned on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa in 1911. He served in the French Army from 1914 to 1916.

Guillaume's works include plays, poems, and short stories. The Poet Assasinated and The Wandering Jew and Other Stories are two of his more notable works. Calligrammes, published in 1918, is a collection of cubist poetry in which the poems are written in the shape of the objects that they describe, such as a car.

Guillaume Apollinaire's life was cut short by the Spanish influenza epidemic of the early twentieth century. He died in November 1918, at the age of 38.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Guillaume Apollinaire is one of the most widely read and influential of modern French poets. He was born either in Rome, where he was baptized, or in Monaco, where he was educated at the Lycee Saint-Charles.

Quintessentially modern, his reputation rests principally on two volumes of poems-Alcools (1913) and Calligrammes (1918), which broke with the traditions of nineteenth-century poetry in both form and content. Apollinaire introduced free verse, eliminated punctuation, and even wrote poems in the form of pictures to express the dynamism of the new twentieth century.

Apollinaire wrote novels, short stories, and plays as well as poetry. He wrote The Cubist Painters (1913), which first defined the nature of cubism. In addition, he edited for the Bibliotheque des Curieux erotic books of repute and helped to catalogue the repository of forbidden books in the Bibliotheque Nationale. He became the friend of great cubists, including Picasso and Braque.

He died in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918.

(Bowker Author Biography) Born on August 26, 1880 in Rome, Guillaume Apollinaire epitomizes the idea of the Bohemian life. His mother led a raucous life, running up gambling debts and forcing him to assume the identity of a Russian Prince to support her lifestyle. At that time, there was much speculation regarding his unknown father's identity.

Appolinaire socialized with many avant-garde artists, including Picasso and Braque, and strongly influenced many artistic styles including cubism, dadaism, and surrealism; the latter a term he invented in his play The Breasts of Tiresias. Appolinaire was imprisoned on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa in 1911. He served in the French Army from 1914 to 1916.

Guillaume's works include plays, poems, and short stories. The Poet Assasinated and The Wandering Jew and Other Stories are two of his more notable works. Calligrammes, published in 1918, is a collection of cubist poetry in which the poems are written in the shape of the objects that they describe, such as a car.

Guillaume Apollinaire's life was cut short by the Spanish influenza epidemic of the early twentieth century. He died in November 1918, at the age of 38.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Fresh from the publication of My Mojave (Alice James), Donald Revell checks in with The Self-Dismembered Man: The Selected Later Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire, his "favorite pieces" from Apollinaire's (1880-1918) posthumous Calligrammes in French and with his English translations. As "Cloud Phantom" says of an acrobat, "His skinny body became such delicate music none of us could bear it." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

Fresh from the publication of My Mojave (Alice James), Donald Revell checks in with The Self-Dismembered Man: The Selected Later Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire, his "favorite pieces" from Apollinaire's (1880-1918) posthumous Calligrammes in French and with his English translations. As "Cloud Phantom" says of an acrobat, "His skinny body became such delicate music none of us could bear it." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Les Collines / The Hills
Les Fenetres / The Windows
Le Musicien de Saint-Merry / The Musician of Saint-Merry
Arbre / Tree
Ocean de Terre / Ocean of Earth
Lundi Rue Christine
Monday in the rue Christine
A Travers l'Europe
Un Fantome de Nuees
Souvenirs / Mementos
La Petite Auto / The Little Car
Le Depart / The Departure
Fusee / Flare
La Nuit d'Avril 1915 / 1915 April Night
Merveille de la Guerre / Marvel of War
Fete / Festival
Un Oiseau Chante / A Bird is Singing
Chant de l'Horizon en Champagne / Song of the Horizon in Champagne
Toujours / Always
Les Soupirs du Servant de Dakar / Sighs of the Dakar Gunner
Il y a / There's
Ombre / Shadow
La Victoire / Victory
La Jolie Rousse / The Pretty Redhead
Translator's AFterword
Les Collines / The Hills
Les Fenetres / The Windows
Le Musicien de Saint-Merry / The Musician of Saint-Merry
Arbre / Tree
Ocean de Terre / Ocean of Earth
Lundi Rue Christine
Monday in the rue Christine
A Travers l'Europe
Un Fantome de Nuees
Souvenirs / Mementos
La Petite Auto / The Little Car
Le Depart / The Departure
Fusee / Flare
La Nuit d'Avril 1915 / 1915 April Night
Merveille de la Guerre / Marvel of War
Fete / Festival
Un Oiseau Chante / A Bird is Singing
Chant de l'Horizon en Champagne / Song of the Horizon in Champagne
Toujours / Always
Les Soupirs du Servant de Dakar / Sighs of the Dakar Gunner
Il y a / There's
Ombre / Shadow
La Victoire / Victory
La Jolie Rousse / The Pretty Redhead
Translator's AFterword