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By Guillaume Apollinaire

Guillaume Apollinaire’s first booklet of poems has charmed readers with its short celebrations of animals, birds, fish, bugs, and the legendary poet Orpheus because it was once first released in 1911. although Apollinaire may cross directly to longer and extra bold paintings, his Bestiary unearths key components of his later poetry, between them striking pictures, wit, formal mastery, and wry irony.

X. J. Kennedy’s clean translation follows Apollinaire in casting the poems into rhymed stanzas, suggesting track and surprising closures whereas last trustworthy to their experience. Kennedy offers the English along the unique French, inviting readers to match the 2 and get pleasure from the constancy of the previous to the latter. He incorporates a severe and historic essay that relates the Bestiary to its assets in medieval "creature books," presents a quick biography and summation of the situations surrounding the book’s preliminary e-book, and areas the poems within the context of Apollinaire’s paintings as a poet and as a champion of avant garde paintings.

This brief advent to the paintings of an basically glossy author comprises 4 curious poems it appears suppressed from the 1st version and reprints of the Raoul Dufy woodcuts released within the 1911 edition.

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Paper)   isbn-13: 978-1-4214-0007-5 (pbk. : alk. paper)   isbn-10: 1-4214-0007-3 (pbk. : alk. paper)   1. Animals—Poetry. I. Kennedy, X. J. II. Dufy, Raoul, 1877–1953. III. identify. IV. identify: Bestiary. V. identify: Procession of Orpheus. PQ2601. P6B413  2011   841'. 912—dc22    2010043456 A catalog checklist for this ebook is accessible from the British Library. Frontispiece: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Sheet of reviews: magician with legendary beasts, cartoon of Guillaume Apollinaire (smoking cigarette), 1905. Pen and ink, 22 ×× 12 cm. MP198640verso. Musee Picasso, Paris, France. Réunion des Musées Nationaux / paintings source, big apple. © 2010 property of Pablo Picasso / Artist Rights Society (ARS), ny. specific discount rates can be found for bulk purchases of this ebook. for additional information, please touch exact revenues at 410-516-6936 or specialsales@press. jhu. edu. The Johns Hopkins collage Press makes use of environmentally pleasant booklet fabrics, together with recycled textual content paper that's composed of a minimum of 30 percentage post-consumer waste, every time attainable. All of our booklet papers are acid-free, and our jackets and covers are revealed on paper with recycled content material. Contents A ordinary historical past of the Poet: Apollinaire’s   Mythic Zoology  vii approximately This Translation  xix The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus Orpheus  2 Tortoise  four Horse  6 Tibetan Goat  eight Serpent  10 Cat  12 Lion  14 Hare  sixteen Rabbit  18 Dromedary  20 Mouse  22 Elephant  24 Orpheus  26 Caterpillar  28 Housefly  30 Flea  32 Grasshopper  34 Orpheus  36 Dolphin  38 Devilfish  forty Jellyfish  forty two Crawfish  forty four Carp  forty six Orpheus  forty eight Sirens  50 Dove  fifty two Peacock  fifty four Owl  fifty six Ibis  fifty eight Ox  60 4 Deleted Poems Condor  sixty five Crab Louse  sixty six Ape  sixty seven Spider  sixty seven Notes  sixty nine concerning the Translator  seventy five This web page deliberately left clean A normal background of the Poet Apollinaire’s Mythic Zoology The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus is Guillaume Apollinaire’s first actual booklet of poems, released in 1909, and in it we discover the genetic code of his paintings to come back. merely years later, it was once by means of his ground-breaking assortment Alcools, to which hosts of later French poets stay indebted, as do many in other places on the planet. yet obviously this past e-book has an curiosity and value past its modest dimension. between these whose clean strength and techniques swept throughout the arts in France in the course of the belle époque, Apollinaire occupies a valuable position. it might be challenging to magnify his contributions, either to poetry and to the development of the photo arts. As a generally released artwork critic and journalist and a hardworking lecturer, Apollinaire vigorously promoted the paintings of many younger painters and sculptors. In 1904, he all started an in depth if sometimes friendship with Pablo Picasso, whose paintings he championed tirelessly. He lavished compliment at the team of latest painters who had cheerfully accredited the derisive label of Fauves (“wild beasts”), between them Braque, Dufy, Matisse, Rouault, and Vlaminck. He helped arrange a Cubist exhibition on the recognized Salon des Indépendents in 1911, and in 1913 released his one booklet on artwork, Les Peintres cubistes (The Cubist Painters).

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