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Stephane Mallarme : Selected Poems (Dual Language French-English)
Stephane Mallarme Selected Poems - Dual Language French-English Author:Stephane Mallarme, C. F. MacIntyre (Translator) The leading poet of French Symbolism, Mallarme has exercised an enormous influence both on French and on English and American avant-garde writers. In this volume C. F. MacIntyre has translated forty-three of his poems, including "Ouverture" and "Scene" from Herodiade, which was to have been a drama in verse, and the well-known L'Apres-midi d'un ... more »Faune, for which Debussy composed his orchestral Prelude.
Indeed, as MacIntyre suggests, Debussy is probably "one of the best guides into the mysterious realm of Mallarme." The poet was more concerned with the music of words, their sounds and vague associations, than with their conventional meanings; one of the elements in his credo was that suggestion and evocation are of greater significance than statement. His syntax is fractious, his meaning frequently enigmatic; and the reader will find MacIntyre's notes helpful in savoring the translations and the original French verses, which appear on facing pages.
U. of California first printing 1957; second printing 1959; Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 57-10505.« less