Introduction to French Poetry: A Dual-Language Book
ISBN: 0486267113
EAN13: 9780486267111
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 1, 1991
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 8.3" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

An unusually useful survey of the development of French poetry, this book anthologizes works by France's finest and most influential poets -- 30 in all -- from the mid-fifteenth century to our own time. Included are such luminaries as Charles d'Orl ans, Fran ois Villon, Joachim du Bellay, Ronsard, La Fontaine, Voltaire, Ch nier, Hugo, Musset, Gautier, Vigny, Baudelaire, Mallarm , Verlaine, Rimbaud, Claudel, Val ry, Apollinaire, Perse, and Bonnefoy. In addition the work of poets less familiar to the English-speaking world, yet instrumental in the formulation of the French tradition -- Sc ve, Saint Armant, Malherbe -- is here as well.
The French texts come from the best critical editions, or in the case of the moderns, those authorized by the poets themselves. Teachers of French will appreciate the clear prose translations on facing pages; the translator does not attempt to be a poet himself, rather to lead the reader to a full appreciation of the poem as it was written. An introductory essay gives as understandable a short summary of the formal aspects of versification as can be found anywhere -- the early orthodoxy of rhyme and meter, the gradual introduction of enjambment and metrical variation, through the word games and innovations of Apollinaire and his circle. A biographical and critical essay on each poet and his work not only depicts the poet as an individual but Read More chevron_right

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