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A Natural History of the Poet: Apollinaire’s Mythic Zoology

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pp. vii-xvii

The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus is Guillaume Apollinaire’s very first book of poems, published in 1909, and in it we find the genetic code of his work to come. Only two years later, it was followed by his ground-breaking collection Alcools, to which hosts of later French poets remain indebted...

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About This Translation

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p. xix

Apollinaire’s love lyric “Le Pont Mirabeau” first challenged me in 1955–56 when I was a student in Paris on the GI Bill, and over the years I have printed several failures to persuade it into adequate English. The Bestiary, too, has been a long-term challenge. Poems so concise, resembling casual...

The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus

Orpheus

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pp. 2-3

Tortoise

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pp. 4-5

Horse

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pp. 6-7

Tibetan Goat

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pp. 8-9

Serpent

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pp. 10-11

Cat

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pp. 12-13

Lion

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pp. 14-15

Hare

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pp. 16-17

Rabbit

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pp. 18-19

Dromedary

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pp. 20-21

Mouse

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pp. 22-23

Elephant

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pp. 24-25

Orpheus

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pp. 26-27

Caterpillar

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pp. 28-29

Housefly

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pp. 30-31

Flea

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pp. 32-33

Grasshopper

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pp. 34-35

Orpheus

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pp. 36-37

Dolphin

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pp. 38-39

Devilfish

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pp. 40-41

Jellyfish

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pp. 42-43

Crawfish

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pp. 44-45

Carp

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pp. 46-47

Orpheus

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pp. 48-49

Sirens

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pp. 50-51

Dove

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pp. 52-53

Peacock

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pp. 54-55

Owl

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pp. 56-57

Ibis

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pp. 58-59

Ox

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pp. 60-61

Four Deleted Poems

Condor

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p. 65

Crab Louse

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p. 66

Ape

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p. 67

Spider

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p. 67

Notes

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pp. 70-75

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About the Translator

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p. 76

X. J. Kennedy, a graduate of the Ecole supérieure de préparation et de perfectionnement des professeurs de français à l’étranger (Sorbonne), has published translations of poetry by Apollinaire, Ronsard, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Pierre Reverdy, and Robert Desnos, and a version of...