While this anthology contains, of course, generous selections from the establlished giants - Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarme, Valery, Apollinaire, Michaux - it also draws attention to interesting 'minor poets', such as Claudel or Cendrars, whose writing has been vital to the evolution of poetry in France. William Rees gives us an introduction to each poet, his or her life, affinities and aesthetics, and the significant literary movements - Romanticism, the Parnassian Movement, Symbolism, Cubism, Surrealism, and 'Negritude' - are signposted and discussed. His fresh and beautiful prose translations will re-open many half-forgotten doors, and stimulate new enthusiasms.
This collection illuminates the uniquely fascinating era between 1820 and 1950 in French poetrya time in which diverse aesthetic ideas conflicted and converged as poetic forms evolved at an astonishing pace. It includes generous selections from all the established giantsamong them Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud and Bretonas well as works from a wide variety of less well-known poets such as Claudel and Cendrars, whose innovations proved vital to the progress of poetry in France. The significant literary schools of the time are also represented in sections focusing on such movements as Romanticism, Symbolism, Cubism and Surrealism. Eloquent and inspirational, this rich and exhilarating anthology reveals an era of exceptional vitality.
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William Rees grew up in Swansea and was educated at the Bishop Gore Grammar School. After graduating from U. C. W. Aberystwyth he continued his studies in French literature and theatre at the University of Exeter and then at St. Catherine's College, Oxford. Since 1975 he has taught French and Theatre Studies at Eton College, where he is a House Master.