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Selected Poems

with parallel French text

Guillaume Apollinaire
Martin Sorrell

November 2015

ISBN: 9780199687596

320 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

Apollinaire is the most significant French poet of early modernism and the only great First World War poet from France. He coined the word 'surrealism' and was at the forefront of literary and artistic experimentalism. This new selection covers the full range of his career in facing-page translations, with some pictorial calligrams.

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Apollinaire is the most significant French poet of early modernism and the only great First World War poet from France. He coined the word 'surrealism' and was at the forefront of literary and artistic experimentalism. This new selection covers the full range of his career in facing-page translations, with some pictorial calligrams.

  • A newly translated, comprehensive selection of one of the most important French poets of the twentieth century, including the original French texts and a selection of Apollinaire's distinctive calligrams
  • Guillaume Apollinaire is a key figure in the development of French modernism and the only WW1 poet of note that France produced. This new edition offers a fresh chronological and stylistic overview of his work
  • Appendix includes L'Antitradition futuriste, Apollinaire's manifesto in support of Marinetti and against the old artistic order
  • The Introduction considers Apollinaire's remarkable career and his role in pioneering modernism
  • Explanatory notes gloss allusions and provide context and clarification where needed
  • Up-to-date bibliography and chronology of the poet's life

About the Author(s)

Guillaume Apollinaire

Martin Sorrell, Emeritus Professor of French and Translation Studies, University of Exeter

Martin Sorrell has published a number of translations, including Verlaine's Selected Poems, Rimbaud's Collected Poems, and Lorca's Selected Poems, all in bilingual editions for Oxford World's Classics.

Reviews

"Representative of the poetic career as a whole." - Mark Ford, London Review of Books

"Sorrell's lexical choices makes us realize how subtle the challenge to the translator really is, and how successfully that challenge has been met." - Translation and Literature

"There's no doubt that reading French books will help you expand your vocabulary and general comprehension skills, but for many, the thought of getting through an entire French novel is rather daunting. An enjoyable alternative is to read poetry which offers French Prose in shorter, more manageable chunks and where better to start than with the poems of one of France's most celebrated poets, Guillaume Apollinaire?" - Living France