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Collected Poems and Other Verse (Oxford World's Classics) [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Stéphane Mallarmé , E.H. Blackmore , A. M. Blackmore , Elizabeth McCombie
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Book Description

sense too definite cancels your
indistinct literature'

St--eacute--;phane Mallarm--eacute--; was the most radically innovative of nineteenth-century poets. His writings, with their richly sensuous texture and air of slyly intangible mystery, perplexed or outraged many early readers; yet no writer has more profoundly influenced the course of modern poetry - in English as well as in French. In both form and content, his poems created new ways of conveying existential doubt, fragmentation, and discontinuity. This is the fullest collection of
Mallarm--eacute--;'s poetry ever published in English, and the only edition in any language that presents his Po--eacute--;sies in the last arrangement known to have been approved by the author. Apart from verse, it includes all the prose poems and the unique, unclassifiable Un Coup de d--eacute--;s... (A Dice Throw...). The lucid, wide-ranging
introduction and invaluable notes help an understanding of this astonishing poet's work.

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The Blackmores have translated Musset, Sand, and Hugo, and for Oxford World's Classics they have published Six French Poets of the Nineteenth Century and The Essential Victor Hugo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3412 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (11 May 2006)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FH52MTK
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the book is a pleasure to read and it comes with an excellent informative introduction
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 18 Oct. 2013
By Sophie
This was exactly what I was looking for. Really helped with my EPQ research and made me interested in symbolism too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid example of a good series 28 Mar. 2013
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I don't have good enough French to comment on the translation but it looks fairly close without losing the sense or the melody.

Not my favourite among the C19 French poets, too obscure; prefer Baudelaire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINEST Mallarmé COLLECTION AVAILABLE... 11 July 2006
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Till now, collections of Mallarmé's works have been difficult to obtain; moreover, the translations were dicey. Here we have an inexpensively priced fine volume which features good translations with the original French facing for quick comparison. Excellent introductory essay as well. This is the best!

Especially excellent and of particular interest is the original double-page presentation of Mallarmé's magnum opus, A Throw of the Dice at Any Time Will Never Eliminate Chance. Superb!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formatting and the Kindle 30 April 2012
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The Kindle text is formatted exactly as is the book from which it is derived. The problem is font size. On a large screen on a laptop or desktop, using the Kindle app, the format appears exactly as it is in the book. One can have facing pages. But on a Kindle, unless you choose a very small font size, lines are broken up and even if you do use a small font size, long lines may still be broken, but that on the whole is tolerable. This is a problem for the display of poetry in general on the Kindle. It is particularly acute for Whitman's poetry, since Whitman's lines tend to be very long. And, in this case, I don't know whether much can be done to represent the format of "Un Coup de des" properly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great printed book, weak Kindle edition 12 Jan. 2013
By James M. Rawley - Published on
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I said in my original one-star review of the Kindle edition that, as other reviewers have pointed out, the "facing" translations don't face, on the Kindle, and the mix of English and French generates a lot of confusion. At that time I said the book looked as if the printed version might be very good. I ordered the printed version and it is very good indeed.

There's a good introduction and the translations are excellent. Mallarmé was a very careful and perfectionist writer. As a wonderful result of this, he wrote so little that his entire poetic output, including prose poems and mischievous sillinesses, like four-line rhymed addresses on letters to friends, are ALL included, and ALL translated, and footnoted, in this marvelous edition. I don't think an English reader can do better.

There are at least three French books that I have looked through in college libraries, which go through Mallarmé line by line and try to explain what each line means, to help native French speakers read his poetry. These books are aimed at educated readers, are entirely scholarly, and of course disagree here and there with one another. It's certainly no shame, then, for an English reader to take all the help he can get from editions like this Oxford one. Of the English editions I have seen, this is the most complete and the best.

Nevertheless I take away one star because the introduction talks a lot about Mallarmé's difficulty, but doesn't say a word about his atheism. Some of his very most difficult poems come a lot clearer if you think of him as discussing the problems of people who are fully atheistic, and yet still have spiritual feelings -- feelings which they do NOT believe prove there is a God or some higher plane of reality.

In PROSE (POUR DES ESSEINTES), for example, you get stanzas like,

Oui, dans une île que l'air charge
De vue et non de visions
Toute fleur s'étalait plus large
Sans que nous en devisions.

Yes, in an isle the air had charged
not with mere visions but with sight
every flower spread out enlarged
at no word that we could recite.

The English here is the very good Blackmore translation Oxford gives us, but of course it's not as good as the French. The air is charged, says Mallarmé, with "view, and not with visions," and if you think about an atheist, happy to find a place where you don't get religious visions, it's all what-you-see-is-what-you-get instead ... and yet, "the flowers grow larger even when we aren't talking about them," that is, there is still something in this very real isle that is beyond our casual understanding or control ... if you think about atheism and mysticism like this, the lines become much clearer. It seems to me at least that the lines are near meaningless without this kind of approach, and I know that some Mallarmé experts agree with me.

So I take a star away from the best version we can get ... which feels like Mallarmé to me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good translation 3 Nov. 2013
By Niloufar Hafizi - Published on
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Great edition. Some of the translations could be better but Mallarme is incredibly difficult to translate anyway. Very helpful that it is a dual language edition.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT work, poor formatting 15 Feb. 2012
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one star (i'd give it less if i could) for formatting.

5 stars (i'd give it more if i could) for the quality of writing.

7 some dollars for this abomination? 1 dollar would be more fair. actually, with this formatting, it is a crime to pay anything.

nearly unusable. i will very much appreciate it if amazon doesn't stock these books any more. it's pretty lame and is putting me off from buying.
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