Azure: Poems and Selections from the Livre by Stéphane MallarméAzure: Poems and Selections from the Livre by Stéphane Mallarmé

Azure: Poems and Selections from the Livre

byStéphane MallarméTranslated byBlake Bronson-Bartlett, Robert Fernandez

Paperback | December 1, 2015

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During his lifetime, Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898) was recognized as one of the greatest living French poets. He wrote extensively on themes of reality and his desire to turn away from it, marrying form and content in revolutionary ways that departed drastically from the more tightly controlled French tradition. Despite his status as one of the first modernists, much of Mallarmé’s radicalism has been lost in translation. Finally, in this new collection by Blake Bronson-Bartlett and Robert Fernandez, the magic and mastery of form and diction, so striking in Mallarmé’s French verse, comes to life in English. Drawing from Poésies (1899), Un coup de dés (A Cast of Dice), and the “Livre” (the “Book”—the overarching conceptual work left unfinished at the death of the poet), this collection captures Mallarmé’s true linguistic brilliance, bringing the poems into our current history while retaining the music, playfulness, and power of the originals.
STÉPHANE MALLARMÉ was a poet and critic. Considered an influence on Symbolism, Decadence, and other late nineteenth-century aesthetic movements, Mallarmé’s weekly salons were part of the heart of Parisian intellectual life and drew writers such as Yeats, Rilke, and Valéry. Blake Bronson-Bartlett is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in Ame...
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Title:Azure: Poems and Selections from the LivreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0819575801

ISBN - 13:9780819575807

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Table of Contents

Translators’ Note
POÉSIES [Edition Deman, 1899]
Salut
Hex
Apparition
Hopeless Plea
This Worked-Over Clown
Windows
Flowers
Renewal
Anguish
“Tired of my indolence…”
The Bell Ringer
Summertime Sadness
The Azure
Sea Breeze
Sigh
Alms
Their Desirable Gift
Hérodiade [scene]
The Afternoon of a Faun [Eclogue]
“Lock of hair…”
Saint
Funeral Toast
Prose [for des Esseintes]
Fan [for Mme. Mallarmé]
Other Fan [of Mlle. Mallarmé]
Scrap, as for an Album
Remembrance of Belgian Friends
Street Song I (The Shoemaker)
Street Song II (Herb Vendor)
Ticket
Tune I [“So alones (choose)”]
Tune II [“My drives”]
Various Sonnets
“When the shade…”
“Vivacious, pretty hymen”
“Suicide. Good death …”
“Her pure nails…”
Tomb of Edgar Poe
Tomb of Charles Baudelaire
Tomb (Anniversary—January 1897)
Homage [Wagner]
Homage [Puvis de Chavannes]
“To you colonist…”
I
II
III
“What balm-of-time silk…”
“Straight to your story…”
“Red Fire Lozenge…”
“Leaves Seal the Name…”
A Cast of Dice
From the “Livre”
Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

During his lifetime, Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898) was recognized as one of the greatest living French poets. He wrote extensively on themes of reality and his desire to turn away from it, marrying form and content in revolutionary ways that departed drastically from the more tightly controlled French tradition. Despite his status as one of the first modernists, much of Mallarmé’s radicalism has been lost in translation. Finally, in this new collection by Blake Bronson-Bartlett and Robert Fernandez, the magic and mastery of form and diction, so striking in Mallarmé’s French verse, comes to life in English. Drawing from Poésies (1899), Un coup de dés (A Cast of Dice), and the “Livre” (the “Book”—the overarching conceptual work left unfinished at the death of the poet), this collection captures Mallarmé’s true linguistic brilliance, bringing the poems into our current history while retaining the music, playfulness, and power of the originals.“Azure collects previously untranslated and high-octane versions of well-known poems from Mr. Mallarmé's killer oeuvre. In the tradition of Pound's Homage to Sextus Propertius, these trans-vers add a spiritedness and contemporariness to one of our most contemporary of poets. Messieurs Bronson-Bartlett and Fernandez have done heavy lifting with their introduction and for the future of Mallarmé studies.” - Peter Gizzi