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Publisher: Wesleyan
Publication Date: 1995
Category: General
Grades: Recommended
Number of Pages: 188
Appropriate for: Undergraduate and general collections
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A new translation of this complex and beautiful poetry.

Alcools, first published in 1913 and one of the few indispensable books of twentieth- century poetry, provides a key to the century's history and consciousness. Champion of cubism, Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) fashions in verse the sonic equivalent of what Picasso accomplishes in his cubist works: simultaneity. Apollinaire has been so influential that without him there would have been no New York School of poetry and no Beat Movement. This new translation reveals his complex, beautiful, and wholly contemporary poetry. Printed with the original French on facing pages, this is the only version of this seminal work of French Modernism currently available in the United States.

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Guillaume Apollinaire

Champion of cubism, Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) fashions in verse the sonic equivalent of what Picasso accomplishes in his cubist works: simultaneity. Apollinaire has been so influential that without him there would have been no New York School of poetry and no Beat Movement.



David Revell

Donald Revell recently became Writer-in Residence and Professor of English at the University of Utah. Winner of a Guggenheim and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, his most recent Wesleyan book is Beautiful Shirt (1994).



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Apollinaire, Guillaume. Alcools: poems, tr. by Donald Revell. Wesleyan/University Press of New England, 1995. 171p afp ISBN 0-8195-2224-4; ISBN 0-8195-1228-7 pbk. Reviewed in 1996jan CHOICE.

Revell announces in the introduction to this new translation of Apollinaire's Alcools that he wants to recapture the spirit of modernism that is essential to the original French text. His strategy is to play loose with words, as if offering the reader a literal translation were somehow abhorrent. In so doing, he reduces and compresses. Revell seems to be in search of rhythms even if it means missing an occasional poetic image, pun, or word game. The benefits of such a strategy are at times eye-catching, even enabling the translated text to lay claim to a certain number of poetic features in its own right. Nonetheless, a reader without a good knowledge of French risks losing much of the meaning of Apollinaire's poems.

Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate and general collections. -- D. O'Connell, Georgia State University

Copyright 2013 American Library Association.


 
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