Azure: Poems and Selections from the "Livre" by Stéphane Mallarmé

By Stéphane Mallarmé

In the course of his lifetime, Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–1898) was once famous as one of many maximum dwelling French poets. He wrote largely on topics of truth and his wish to shy away from it, marrying shape and content material in progressive ways in which departed vastly from the extra tightly managed French culture. regardless of his prestige as one of many first modernists, a lot of Mallarmé’s radicalism has been misplaced in translation. eventually, during this new assortment via Blake Bronson-Bartlett and Robert Fernandez, the magic and mastery of shape and diction, so outstanding in Mallarmé’s French verse, involves lifestyles in English. Drawing from Poésies (1899), Un coup de dés (A solid of Dice), and the “Livre” (the “Book”—the overarching conceptual paintings left unfinished on the loss of life of the poet), this assortment captures Mallarmé’s precise linguistic brilliance, bringing the poems into our present background whereas preserving the tune, playfulness, and gear of the originals.

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Tender Buttons is a celebration of a unique domesticity—its pleasures and playful surprises, its dedication to a kind of nineteenthcentury spousal household juxtaposed with the radicality of the work of Stein and her artist friends. 42 Notice the humorous (conceptually fluid) geometry of attention: A change, a final change includes potatoes. This is no authority for the abuse of cheese. What language can instruct any fellow. A shining breakfast, a breakfast shining, no dispute, no practice, nothing, nothing at all.

Prior to recent advances in imaging, neural activity on the cellular level was entirely locked away from visibility. The descriptive nomenclature of neuroanatomy was an exercise in nature mort—a by-product of autopsy. Moreover, Stein was interested in normal, not pathological, psychology at a time when the I N T R O D U C T I O N / 2 1 psychological implications of changes in brain tissue were limited to dramatically abnormal behavior, leading to post-mortem analyses that could be retrospectively identified with the pathological symptoms.

It is another work of love and dailiness (written, astonishingly, the same year as The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas) and, though clearly not a play, it is another work best experienced performatively, if only read aloud. Stein loved the temporal immediacy of plays. She called many of her poetic pieces “plays,” and many more are best enjoyed in performative readings. The play of words in the genre of the play can be generalized to other forms, insofar as it taps into a “sound sense” that comes from tone and timing, a sense that can remain mute/invisible on the page.

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