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Download e-book for iPad: An anthology of Belgian symbolist poets by Donald Flanell Friedman, Donald Flanell Friedman

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 power, range, and originality with which the Symbolist flow used to be grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the internal 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 nation-states, demonstrating the permeability of internal and outer truth

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Tout se meurt sans cesse ici: L’encens dans le néant, aujourd’hui dans naguères; Les visages des vieux tableaux meurent aussi; Et chacun pense aux ossements des reliquaires . . 13 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology 14 an anthology of belgian symbolist poets “My city, beloved sister . ” from The Reign of Silence My city, beloved sister, whom I resemble, City of decline, the prey of doleful bells, We both no longer know the venturesome vessels, Swelling, like breasts, their sails in the sun, Like breasts, swelling with passion for the sea.

Page 20 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology page 21 Georges Rodenbach Sans doute que la Ville empire Ce soir? Les veilleuses des réverbères A peine encore un peu espèrent; Elles sont comme des yeux; Comme des feux dévotieux, Yeux et feux illusoires. O réverbères! Ils s’alarment Et sentent la mort en chemin; Ils ont quelque chose d’humain, Ils tremblent et semblent pâlir Comme si dans leur flamme il y avait des larmes! Qu’est-ce qui va mourir? Un cygne averti chante sur l’eau noire .

Tu t’en iras à part et seul—et les naguères De jeunesse seront un inutile aimant Pour tes grands yeux lointains—et les joyeux tonnerres Chargeront loin de toi, victorieusement! Les Malades Blafards et seuls, ils sont, les sceptiques malades, Aigus de tous leurs maux. Ils regardent le soir Se faire dans leur chambre et grandir les facades. Une église près d’eux lève son clocher noir. Heure morte, là-bas, quelque part, en province, En une ville éteinte, au fond d’un coin désert, Où s’endeuillent des murs et des porches, dont grince Le gond monumental, ainsi qu’un poing de fer.

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