By Apollinaire, Guillaume; Bohn, Willard; Apollinaire, Guillaume
The identify of the current learn refers back to the proven fact that Apollinaire regularly labored on the leading edge of contemporary aesthetics. the amount seeks to rehabilitate 4 experimental genres specifically that experience got rather little consciousness. the 1st bankruptcy examines an enthralling artist's ebook entitled The Bestiary, which beneficial properties illustrations by means of Raoul Dufy. the second one is anxious with a gaggle of poems that commemorate traditional, daily life. the following bankruptcy considers Apollinaire's little-known debt to kid's rhymes. the ultimate bankruptcy discusses an avant-garde drama that used to be destined to play a key position within the evolution of recent French theater. This publication could be of curiosity to somebody attracted to avant-garde aesthetics. it's going to allure not just to students of twentieth-century poetry but in addition to devotees of contemporary paintings and glossy theater
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Apollinaire’s attention to visual compositon anticipates his creation (or recreation) of visual poetry in 1914. 27 The twenty-two permutations are distributed in three columns of unequal length, parallel to each other but dislocated vertically so they begin and end on different levels. Each of the words begins with a capital letter. The central column (which is also the highest) is crowned with a capital “A” of gigantic proportions, much thicker and blacker than the other letters. Through its size and intensity it counterbalances the series of anagrams and gives the composition a 26 Georges H.
34 That the words in “A Linda” are meaningless, he adds, demonstrates the arbitrary nature of the linguistic sign. As Saussure demonstrated long ago, letters are free to combine any way they like. 35 One of the most intriguing “Quelconqueries” is entitled “0,50”: As-tu pris la pièce de dix sous Je l’ai prise (Did you take the 50 centime coin I took it) Unlike most of the works we have examined so far, “0,50” was never conceived as a poem. Since Apollinaire was interested in linguistic anomalies, he included it in a list of redundant constructions in the cahier de Stavelot.
39 Stressing the historical importance of works like “Le Phoque” and “Chapeau-Tombeau,” he declared: “Apollinaire s’est entendu mieux que tout autre à faire passer dans l’expression … quelques-unes des attitudes les plus caractéristiques de l’humour d’aujourd’hui” (“Apollinaire managed to express … some of the most characteristic attitudes of today’s humor better than anyone else”). Breton’s remarks are especially applicable to Dada and Surrealism, whose adherents possessed a vivid sense of what he called “humour noir”—humor with a wicked twist to it.