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Alcools: Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire

By Guillaume Apollinaire

Alcools, first released in 1913 and one of many few imperative books of 20th- century poetry, presents a key to the century's historical past and cognizance. Champion of "cubism", Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) models in verse the sonic similar of what Picasso accomplishes in his cubist works: simultaneity. Apollinaire has been so influential that with out him there may were no long island college of poetry and no Beat move. This new translation finds his complicated, attractive, and entirely modern poetry. revealed with the unique French on dealing with pages, this can be the one model of this seminal paintings of French Modernism at the moment to be had within the usa.

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What was I to understand of it? Its intent is mordant. It’s weak and it wants beauty. It was here that I first observed this question of withheld arcadia. It leans on the transparent balustrade. It is a continuous astonishment. It arrives at nothing but the rolling year. It always means everything. For instance, to do, to be, to suffer, to bark, to like, to crumble, to sit: in each verb I’ve entertained ambition. It was only half past eight, but the month was April. With greeny pleasure I wrote.

M. it was heavily snowing The hills not visible, everything blanketed I watched a pilot boat go out Into mildness and vowels Into this great desire to see Always a boat in the middleground And in the foreground, the men’s powerfully moulded torsos Twisting and bending persons of the foreground in turmoil Make livid a philosophy But not under circumstances of their own choosing In these persons we glimpse belief Establishing the fact of perception Its inherence in history Now that philosophy is collapsing before our eyes Our former movements are integrated into a fresh entity, into a freshened sensing And once more I go screaming into sheer manifesto 31 Also called shape In several ways, each pigmented and thing-like In the use of hollow space, which has in it pure transitions Calm and hostile and alien In the chirring from the yard And in the appropriation of falsity The She is thrown headlong into transcendent things She swims into splendidness She bites into her invention and it runs down her face In this way she is motility This is different from saying language is volition Someone stands and weeps in the glass telephone theatre Someone sits and murmurs This dog that swims in toxic Latin Licks his Latin paws This is the middle of my life Bringing with me my skin 32 I go to the library How will I recognize disorder?

What about the phosphorescent sexes that took my strength away? I arrived at the threshold but did not cross. How odd it is to think that a broken pier laced by gulls and kneeling into the foaming pull was once an empire. 53 It is late October. The house is like sunlight. Soft and mild emotions were interrupted by emotions that were eager, hurrying, impetuous. People are fragile and finite. —to be 40, female, in the year 2001? How simple it would be to walk together. It was a Saturday evening. Yes, the future, which is a sewing motion.

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