War poets by Rosemary M Canfield Reisman

By Rosemary M Canfield Reisman

Profiles significant poets all through heritage and the realm, together with analyses in their major person poems or collections. Discusses influential struggle poets similar to Chinua Achebe, John Balaban, Christopher Logue, Wilfred Owen, and Edward Thomas.

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It leaps from the Tower of Babel to telegraph wires in disconcerting juxtapositions, speaking of humankind’s eternal, frustrating quest for unity. In “The Windows,” the window opens like an orange on Paris or in the tropics and flies on a rainbow across space and time. Beginning with “Waves” and throughout Calligrammes, Apollinaire uses what he calls ideograms, or picture poems. They are the most attractive pieces in the book, though not necessarily the most original. They became excellent vehicles for the war poems, where brevity and wit are essential.

Apollinaire’s lighthearted rhythm and obscure symbolism tend to prevent his verse from becoming offensive and convey a sense of freedom, discovery, and surprise. 31 Apollinaire, Guillaume Critical Survey of Poetry Bestiary Bestiary is one of the most charming and accessible of Apollinaire’s works. The idea for the poem probably came from Picasso in 1906, who was then doing woodcuts of animals. In 1908, Apollinaire published in a journal eighteen poems under the title “La Marchande des quatre saisons ou le bestiaire moderne” (the costermonger or the modern bestiary).

Reading Apollinaire: Theories of Poetic Language. New York: Manchester University Press, 1987. Uses a variety of historical, biographical, and stylistic approaches to offer an accessible point of entry into often difficult texts. Matthews’s detailed discussion of Alcools focuses heavily on “L’Adieu” and “Automne malade,” which allows for a reading that may be transferred to the rest of the book. His chapter “Poetry, Painting, and Theory” offers a solid historical background that leads directly into his examination of Calligrammes.

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