The definitive translation of the one of the brightest geniuses of French poetry.The prose poems of the great French Symbolist, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891), have acquired enormous prestige among readers everywhere and have been a revolutionary influence on poetry in the twentieth century. They are offered here both in their original texts and in superb English translations by Louise Varese. Mrs. Varese first published her versions of Rimbaud’s Illuminations in 1946. Since then she has revised her work and has included two poems which in the interim have been reclassified as part of Illuminations. This edition also contains two other series of prose poems, which include two poems only recently discovered in France, together with an introduction in which Miss Varese discusses the complicated ins and outs of Rimbaldien scholarship and the special qualities of Rimbaud’s writing. Rimbaud was indeed the most astonishing of French geniuses. Fired in childhood with an ambition to write, he gave up poetry before he was twenty-one. Yet he had already produced some of the finest examples of French verse. He is best known for A Season in Hell, but his other prose poems are no less remarkable. While he was working on them he spoke of his interest in hallucinations––"des vertiges, des silences, des nuits." These perceptions were caught by the poet in a beam of pellucid, and strangely active language which still lights up––now here, now there––unexplored aspects of experience and thought.
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First published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud’s ?the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one?changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature, still unrivaled for its haunting blend of sensuous detail and otherworldly astonishment. In Ashbery's translation of this notoriously elusive text, the acclaimed poet and translator lends his inimitable voice to a venerated classic. W. H. Auden recognized the strong affinities between Ashbery's poetry and Rimbaud's in his 1956 introduction to Ashbery's first book, , noting that "the imaginative life of the human individual stubbornly continues to live by the old magical notions." And it is here, in the "crystalline jumble" and "disordered collection of magic lantern slides" of , as Ashbery writes in the Preface, that we can rediscover this essential lineage. "Absolute modernity" was for Rimbaud "acknowledging the simultaneity of all of life, the condition that nourishes poetry at every second. [...] If we are absolutely modern?and we are?it's because Rimbaud commanded us to be." Ashbery's idiomatic and lyrical translations of these forty-four texts convey the originality of Rimbaud's vision to English-speaking readers of a new century.Product Description:
Illuminations est le titre d'un recueil de 54 poèmes composés par Arthur Rimbaud entre 1873 et 1875.Rimbaud a dix-neuf ans lorsqu'il entreprend l'écriture de ses derniers poèmes qui constitueront ce recueil. En 1875, à vingt ans, il choisit le silence. De l'homme comme de son œuvre, on a, depuis plus d'un siècle, tout dit et tout écrit : adolescent génial, voyou voyant, poète maudit, mythe moderne de la révolte. Il reste donc à lire ses textes et à partager une aventure poétique unique.Publiés pour la première fois en 1886, dans une édition établie par Paul Verlaine, à l'insu de Rimbaud qui se trouvait en Abyssinie, ces poèmes en prose marquent la fulgurance et l'intensité de l'univers du jeune homme.Voyant, visionnaire, inventeur de mots et de mondes, poète du désir et de la révolte, Rimbaud ne cesse de nous étonner, de nous inviter au voyage, de nous éblouir.
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