Selected Poems

Paperback | February 26, 2009

byVerlaine, PaulTranslated byMartin Sorrell

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`Verlaine, possessed by the madnesses of love, brimming over with desires and prayers, the rebel railing against the complacent platitudes of society, of love, of language'. Jean Rousselot Verlaine ranks alongside Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Rimbaud as one of the most outstanding poets of late nineteenth-century France whose work is associated with the early Symbolists, the Decadents, and the Parnassiens. Remarkable not only for his delicacy and exquisitely crafted verse, Verlaine isalso the poet of strong emotions and appetites, with an unrivalled gift for the sheer music of poetry, and an inventive approach to its technique. This bilingual edition provides the most comprehensive selection of his poetry yet, offering some 170 poems in lively and fresh translations andproviding a lucid introduction which illuminates Verlaine's poetic form within the context of French Impressionism and the poetry of sensation.

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`Verlaine, possessed by the madnesses of love, brimming over with desires and prayers, the rebel railing against the complacent platitudes of society, of love, of language'. Jean Rousselot Verlaine ranks alongside Baudelaire, Mallarme, and Rimbaud as one of the most outstanding poets of late nineteenth-century France whose work is a...

Martin Sorrell is Reader in French and Translation Studies at the University of Exeter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.83 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199554013

ISBN - 13:9780199554010

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IntroductionNote on the Text and TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Paul VerlaineSelected PoemsExplanatory NotesIndex of TitlesIndex of First Lines

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"there has been no really substantial selection of Verlaine's work in English ... One of the pleasures this volume affords ia s prolonged chance to examin yet again, through the prism of translation, the different geniuses of the two langauges. Another is to rediscover, thanks to Sorrell'sselection, a swath of Verlaine's later poetry, so often occluded in the classic anthologies." --Stephen Romer, Times Literary Supplement, Friday 19th May 00. 06/12/2000