Hooray! You have added the first book to your bookshelf. Check it out now!
Create your own shelf sign up
[−]
  • Search Digit-count Valid ISBN Invalid ISBN Valid Barcode Invalid Barcode

Illuminations

By Arthur Rimbaud

(2)

| Hardcover | 9780393076356

Like Illuminations ?
Join aNobii to see if your friends read it, and discover similar books!

Sign up for free

Book Description

First published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud s Illuminations the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literat Continue

First published in 1886, Arthur Rimbaud s Illuminations the work of a poet who had abandoned poetry before the age of twenty-one changed the language of poetry. Hallucinatory and feverishly hermetic, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of world literature, still unrivaled for its haunting blend of sensuous detail and otherworldly astonishment. In Ashbery's translation of this notoriously elusive text, the acclaimed poet and translator lends his inimitable voice to a venerated classic. W. H. Auden recognized the strong affinities between Ashbery's poetry and Rimbaud's Illuminations in his 1956 introduction to Ashbery's first book, Some Trees, noting that "the imaginative life of the human individual stubbornly continues to live by the old magical notions." And it is here, in the "crystalline jumble" and "disordered collection of magic lantern slides" of Illuminations, as Ashbery writes in the Preface, that we can rediscover this essential lineage. "Absolute modernity" was for Rimbaud "acknowledging the simultaneity of all of life, the condition that nourishes poetry at every second. [...] If we are absolutely modern and we are it's because Rimbaud commanded us to be." Ashbery's idiomatic and lyrical translations of these forty-four texts convey the originality of Rimbaud's vision to English-speaking readers of a new century.

0 Reviews

Loginor Sign Upto write a review

Book Details

Improve_data of this book