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The Self-Dismembered Man: Selected Later Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

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Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.32" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2004
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819566918  
EAN  9780819566911  

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Guillaume Apollinaire (1880 1918) was born Wilhelm Apollinaris de Kostrowitzky in Rome, the illegitimate son of an impoverished Polish woman and an Italian army officer. He spent his boyhood on the French Riviera with his mother and younger brother, Albert, attending schools in Monaco, Cannes, and Nice, until the family moved to Paris in 1899. Apollinaire did not pass the "baccalaureat "but began writing on his own, leaving Paris in 1901 to work as a private tutor for a family in the Rhineland for two years. Upon his return to Paris, he was employed as a bank clerk while writing plays and essays and becoming acquainted with Symbolist poets and playwrights, avant-garde musicians, choreographers, and visual artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Rousseau, and Marcel Duchamp. In 1910 Apollinaire published a collection of short stories, "L Heresiarque et cie," that was nominated for the Goncourt Prize, and in 1913 he published his first significant collection of poetry, "Alcools." At the onset of World War I, Apollinaire joined the French army, first serving as a member of the artillery division and then as part of the infantry fighting on the front lines where he suffered a head wound in March 1916. He returned to Paris and oversaw the production a year later of his play "Les Mamelles de Tiresias," a work in which the word "surrealiste" appears for the first time. A major influence on the artists and writers who would come to be known as surrealists, Apollinaire died of influenza two days before Armistice Day.
Ron Padgett is a poet and translator whose "Collected Poems" won the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2014 "Los Angeles Times Prize" for the best poetry book. Padgett has translated the poetry of Apollinaire, Pierre Reverdy, Valery Larbaud, and Blaise Cendrars.
Peter Read is a professor of modern French literature and visual arts at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom. He has published books and essays on Apollinaire and his circle, on other French poets, and on artists including Pablo Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Auguste Rodin, and Alberto Giacometti."

Guillaume Apollinaire was born in 1880 and died in 1918.

Guillaume Apollinaire has published or released items in the following series...
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Very good collection.  Feb 15, 2005
Guillaume Apollinaire, The Self-Dismembered Man (Wesleyan, 2004)

This selection of Apollinaire's war poems, translated by Donald Revell, is not the "first substantial translation" the jacket claims (both the Selected Poems and Michael Benedikt's must-have collection The Poetry of Surrealism contain extensive selections from the same time-period), but it certainly is a substantial work, and one that everyone who claims to be a fan of surrealism needs to read, and pronto. Revell's translations have an almost singular ability to keep Apollinaire's subtle wit intact, and his word choices often allow a number of different interpretations to come through. Not to say that some of Revell's word choices emphasize certain interpretations; there's no way to avoid this when translating poetry. Still, he seems to have made a conscious effort to be as ambiguous as Apollinaire wherever possible, which is a wonderful thing.

The only slipping point is the final poem, "La Jolie Rousse," but then I've had problems with every translation of "La Jolie Rousse" since Hamburger's a quarter of a century ago, so my thoughts aren't to be trusted on that one.

Very good stuff, well worth picking up. ****

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