By Guillaume Apollinaire
Guiilaume Apollinaire, a number one determine among the younger writers and artists in France till his demise in 1918, released 'Alcools', his first publication of poems, in 1913. With its wide variety of verse varieties and contrasting registers of favor, 'Alcools' had a substantial impact on Surrealist poetry. The poems supply a fantastic instance of the lyrical artwork within which the paradoxes of Apollinaire are held in excessive poetic pressure. The editor's advent and notes ensue within the twentieth Century and clarify allusion and problems within the textual content.
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Extra info for Alcools (Athlone French Poets) (French Edition)
The month of May, dying itself, decorates, not the rebirth of the season but: Le mai le joli mai a par6 les ruines. Apollinaire notes the same phenomenon more briefly in 'Zone': . . tu observes au lieu d'e'crire ton conte en prose La c£toine qui dort dans le cceur de la rose (11. 97-8) 22 Introduction From the treatment of the themes of love, nature and death there emerges a deep feeling of sadness at the transience of all things human. Apollinaire, insecure as he was in his life and in his restless search for new aesthetic directions, desired permanence and indeed the dialogue between transience and permanence is central to his work.
But Apollinaire was also affected by the typographical disposition of the poem on the page. Bearing in mind his experiments in Calligrammes where poems are set out in the form appropriate to the subject ('La Cravate et la montre', 'Cceur couronne et miroir', 'II Pleut' printed in slanting lines across the page), he wrote in 'L'Esprit nouveau et le poetes': Les artifices typographiques pousses tres loin avec une grande audace ont 1'avantage de faire naitre un lyrisme visuel qui 6tait presque inconnu avant notre epoque.
242). Lastly, there is Apollinaire's dazzling handling of a diversity of verse forms and of images. His use of the octosyllabic line proved a powerful example for both Aragon and Eluard. His paradoxical nature provides an undogmatic example of the potential of poetry. Poet of the city, he is also a nature poet of deep perceptiveness; poet of bonte, he is also a poet of war; poet of the new, he is also a poet whose debt to the past is always generously acknowledged. Apollinaire solved unselfconsciously the problem that was to confound so many writers of Surrealism and of the later 'underground'.
Alcools (Athlone French Poets) (French Edition) by Guillaume Apollinaire