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Translated from the French by William Stone. A precursor of the symbolists and the surreallists, Gerard de Nerval has fascinated many major literary figures, including Proust and Breton, Eliot and Apollinaire, Michaux and Leiris.
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Menard's translator is the gifted young poet William Stone, who explains his work in a strongly worded essay: "like a partly submerged crocodile, with one amber eye half open, the foreign line sits, waiting for the anxious translator to make a move. Get A Copy. Paperback , 64 pages. Published October 27th by Menard Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Golden Lines Though I'm absolutely lost with these, a set of vaguely connected short poems, it's being lost in a good way. Like when you know there's a lot more there than you are getting, but you're getting reliable indicators that there's a reason to be there. You get the feeling that Nerval is absolutely lost, too, though lost differently in a dervishy, spinning, oceanic, love-you-madly sense. As the biographical details A mystery of love inhabits metal; "All things feel! As the biographical details emerge, there is reason for everything.
As with Baudelaire and Poe, Nerval lived in unconventional terms, scandalous and louche, constantly haunted by lost loves, visions, fevers and flights of a driven imagination.
The touchstones of his work are hardly of the Industrial Age in France The passionate hope that modern man may somehow return to the springs of such religious beliefs, and that l'antique semence may bear fruit again, and redeem a materialistic world.. I'm wanting to gently poke around in the damp undergrowth of the Symbolist era; without French at my disposal that means all translated texts, and secondary sources in English.
That's okay, this needs looking into. Worth saying too that the idea of Voyage en Orient wherein Nerval takes us with him on a journey to the East.. View 2 comments. Jun 18, Deni rated it liked it. Mystical censer and regard through a bombard of references classical and not. It rises fragrant. Peep Jay's postscript reply. Takeaway: Often a God lives in obscure things hid; And like an eye at birth veiled by its lid, Under the skin of stones a pure soul grows!
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Gérard de Nerval
The disinherited I move in darkness—widowed—beyond solace, The Prince of Aquitaine in a ruined tower. My one star is dead; the black sun of sadness Eclipses the constellation of my guitar. O you who brought me light in the night of the tomb, Bring back Posillipo and the Italian sea; Bring back the flower that made my sad heart glad, The grove where the rose and vine twined joyously. I dreamed such dreams in the cave of a swimming siren,. Myrtho, I think of you, divine sorceress, At proud Posillipo a thousand fires made bright; I think of your brow bathed with morning light, Black grapes wound in your golden tresses. From your cup I drank the draft of drunkenness; One peek at the lightning of your smiling eye— Next I knew I was on my knees to Bachhus. The Muse had made me one of the sons of Greece.
The Treatment of Identity in Nerval's "Les Chimeres"
His later work merged poetry and journalism in a fictional context and influenced Marcel Proust. This was also where he began to take poetry more seriously. He was especially drawn to epic poetry. At age 19, with minimal knowledge of the German language, he began the ambitious task of translating Goethe 's Faust. Despite its many flaws, the translation had many merits, and it did a great deal to establish his poetic reputation. He took a job at a notary's office, but his heart was set on literature.
Les Chimeres by Gerard de Nerval