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The Self-Dismembered Man

Selected Later Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire

Publication Year: 2004

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.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Les Collines / The Hills

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pp. 2-25

Les Fen

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pp. 26-29

Le Musicien de Saint-Merry / The Musician of Saint-Merry

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pp. 30-39

Arbre / Tree

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pp. 40-45

Oc

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pp. 46-47

Lundi Rue Christine / Monday in the rue Christine

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pp. 48-53

A Travers l'Europe / Across Europe

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pp. 54-57

Un Fant

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pp. 58-65

Souvenirs / Mementos

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pp. 66-67

La Petite Auto / The Little Car

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pp. 68-75

Le Départ / The Departure

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pp. 76-77

Fus

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pp. 78-81

La Nuit d'Avril 1915 / 1915 April Night

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pp. 82-85

Merveille de la Guerre / Marvel of War

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pp. 86-91

Un Oiseau Chante / A Bird Is Singing

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pp. 96-99

Chant de l'Horizon en Champagne / Song of the Horizon in Champagne

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pp. 100-107

Toujours / Always

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pp. 108-109

Les Soupirs du Servant de Dakar / Sighs of the Dakar Gunner

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pp. 110-115

II y a / There's

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pp. 116-119

Ombre / Shadow

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pp. 120-121

La Victoire / Victory

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pp. 122-131

La Jolie Rousse / The Pretty Redhead

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pp. 132-138

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Translator's Afterword

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pp. 139-142

In 1913, having finished Alcools, having touched the scars of the nineteenth-century as though they were harp strings, Guillaume Apollinaire was the poet of international modernism. Europe seemed older than ever, and culture was a ragbag of displaced fetishes ("All the gods on earth are decrepit," from "Tree"), forces without form or outlet. Having, in the last line of his ...

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E-ISBN-13: 9780819569950
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819566904

Page Count: 152
Publication Year: 2004

Edition: Trans. from the French
Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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