An anthology of Belgian symbolist poets by Donald Flanell Friedman, Donald Flanell Friedman PDF

By Donald Flanell Friedman, Donald Flanell Friedman

ISBN-10: 0820455946

ISBN-13: 9780820455945

ISBN-10: 082048055X

ISBN-13: 9780820480558

Initially released in 1992, this bilingual anthology represents the vigour, range, and originality with which the Symbolist stream used to be grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the interior international, the fin de siècle Belgian poets remodeled the canal towns and landscapes in their native land into lasting magnets of the mind's eye. The Belgian Symbolist poems are vessels of passage to visionary geographical regions, demonstrating the permeability of internal and outer fact

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The streetlamps weep! “The Night is alone, like a beggar . ” from The Mirror of the Native Sky The Night is alone, like a beggar. The streetlamps offer Their yellow flame As alms. The night is as quiet as a locked church. The melancholy streetlamps Open their rose flame, Bright bouquets of light, Bouquets under glass, the holy relics That fill the Night with plenary Indulgence. page 20 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology page 21 Georges Rodenbach Sans doute que la Ville empire Ce soir?

Cage of bones for fevers And their wooden nails, striking their scorching foreheads, And the peevishness of eyes and their thinness of lips, And a grit of bitter sand, always, between their teeth; And regret seizes them and the posthumous desire: “To depart and live again in a new world, Where the sunset, resembling a flaming tripod, Breathes forth the god of ivory and ebony in their thought. ” Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology page 43 Emile Verhaeren Mais aujourd’hui, serrés dans le pâle cynisme De leur dégoût, ils ont l’esprit inquiété: «Si le bonheur régnait dans ce mâle égoïsme, «Souffrir pour soi, tout seul, mais par sa volonté?

From Le Régne du Silence O neige, toi la douce endormeuse des bruits Si douce, toi la soeur pensive du silence, O toi l’immaculée en manteau d’indolence Qui gardes ta pâleur même à travers les nuits. Douce! tu les éteins et tu les atténues Les tulmutes èpars, les contours, les rumeurs; O neige vacillante, on dirait que tu meurs Loin, tout au loin, dans le vague des avenues! Et tu meurs d’une mort comme nous l’invoquons, Une mort blanche et lente et pieuse et sereine, Une mort pardonnée et dont le calme égrène 27 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology 28 an anthology of belgian symbolist poets A chaplet of wadding, a rosary of flakes.

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