Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Stéphane Mallarmé

I recently read two poems by Mallarmé, "Salut" and "The Saint", and whew talk about intense. Mallarmé expresses in three or four stanzas what other poets express in a solid page. I'd love to comment on the texts themselves but I can't find any public domain English translations of them, and I'm unwilling to copy the poems from the collection I have. But his imagery is extremely dense, and in verse, and predictably (because he's a symbolist) full of interesting symbols juxtaposed right next to each other.

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