Jules Laforgue: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

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9780140436266: Jules Laforgue: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)

Deeply nihilistic yet full of yearning, tender yet savagely self-mocking, Laforgue has a unique voice and vision that nonetheless mark him out as one of the founding fathers of modernism. Like Charles Baudelaire before him, he was determined to face up to the ugly and decadent as well as the conventionally poetic aspects of himself and the world about him. In a career that rivals Arthur Rimbaud's for its tragically brief, accelerated development, he pioneered the use of coarse colloquialism, startling rhymes, and astonishing invented words. His greatest achievement, the posthumous Derniers Vers (1890), was the first complete French volume of free verse. Partly influenced by his translation of Walt Whitman -- the first in the French language -- Derniers Vets is brilliantly effective in capturing the truth of fleeting impressions and inner sensations. It is also, writes Graham Dunstan Martin, "one of the musical masterpieces of literature." This bilingual edition features a generous selection of poems in the original French from Laforgue's Le Sanglot de la Terre, Les Complaintes, L'Imitation de Notre-Dame la Lune, Des Fleurs de Bonne Volonte, and Derniers Vers, with running prose translations at the bottom of each page.

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Text: English, French (translation)
Original Language: French

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Aesthetic Principles
The Affianced Dawn
Another Compliant From Lord Pierrot
Another Lament From The Barrel Organ
Autobiographical Preamble
Bagpipe Tune
Ballad For The End Of Time
The Ballad Of Pierrot's Wedding
Ballad Of The Bells
Ballad Of The Dear Old Moon
Ballad Of The King Of Thule
Ballad Of The Outraged Husband
Ballad Of The Wretched Human Body
Ballad Of Time And Of His Old Crony, Space
Ballade
Ballade Of Home-coming
The Bats
A Case Of Returning A Faulty Article
The Cigarette
Cloud
Complaint About Certain Annoyances
Complaint For The Forgetting Of The Dead
Complaint For The Springtimes
Complaint For These Complaints
Complaint Of A Convalescence In May
Complaint Of Bachelor Twilights
Complaint Of Feeling Home-sick For Primeval Times
Complaint Of Monotonous Autumn
Complaint Of Mournful Literary Debates
Complaint Of The Consolations
Complaint Of The Incurable Angel
Complaint Of The Poor Knight Errant
Complaint Of The Provincial Moon
Complaint Of The Tall Pines In An Abandoned Villa
Complaint Of The Wind Which Gets Bored At Night
Complaint To Our Lady Of The Evenings
Complaint-epitaph
Complaint-litanies Of My Damned Sacred Heart
Cythera
Descriptive Particulars
Dialogue Before The Moon's Rising
Eve As Ever
The First Night
Hypertrophy
The Impossibility Of Tasting The Infinite In Wafers
Lament For Another Sunday
Lament Of Free Will
The Lament Of Respectable Households
Lament Of The Organist Of Notre-dame De Nice
Lament Of The Vigil At Polar Midnights
Lament Of The Wise Man Of Paris
Last Verse: 1. The Onset Of Winter
Last Verse: 10
Last Verse: 11. On A Dead Woman
Last Verse: 12
Last Verse: 2. The Mystery Of The Three Horns
Last Verse: 3. Sundays
Last Verse: 4. Sundays
Last Verse: 5. Petition
Last Verse: 6. Simple Agony
Last Verse: 7. Moonlight Aria
Last Verse: 8. Legend
Last Verse: 9
Let's Get Down To Brass Tacks
The Life They Make Me Lead
Litanies Of The First Two Quarters Of The Moon
Lord Pierrot's Complaint
The Moon Is Sterile
Music By Moonlight
Nightly
Noble And Touching Divagations Under The Moon
The Oh So Wonderful Autumn!
On The Deep Ocean
An Opening Word To The Sun
Our Little Companion
Pastimes
Piece For Guitar
Pierrot's Melancholy
Pierrots
Pierrots
Pierrots
Plea-complaint Of Faust The Younger
Please Permit Me To Announce
Propitiatory Complaint To The Unconscious
Sancta Simplicitas
The Sanctimonious Fraud
Sentimental Ballad
Small August Miseries
Small Autumn Miseries
Small Miseries Of Winter
Small Mysteries
Small October Miseries
The Song Of The Hypertrophic Child
Station By The Seaside
Sundays
Sundays
Sundays
Sundays
Sundays
Sundays
Sundays
The Things That Pierrots Say
To Paul Bourget
Too Pernickety
Warning
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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