By Guillaume Apollinaire
Guillaume Apollinaire’s first publication of poems has charmed readers with its short celebrations of animals, birds, fish, bugs, and the legendary poet Orpheus because it used to be first released in 1911. although Apollinaire might move directly to longer and extra formidable paintings, his Bestiary unearths key components of his later poetry, between them incredible photographs, wit, formal mastery, and wry irony.
X. J. Kennedy’s clean translation follows Apollinaire in casting the poems into rhymed stanzas, suggesting track and surprising closures whereas last devoted to their feel. Kennedy presents the English along the unique French, inviting readers to match the 2 and savour the constancy of the previous to the latter. He incorporates a serious and historic essay that relates the Bestiary to its resources in medieval "creature books," presents a short biography and summation of the situations surrounding the book’s preliminary book, and areas the poems within the context of Apollinaire’s paintings as a poet and as a champion of avant garde artwork.
This brief advent to the paintings of an primarily smooth author contains 4 curious poems it appears suppressed from the 1st variation and reprints of the Raoul Dufy woodcuts released within the 1911 edition.
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Il healthy ce que je voudrais faire Si j’avais quatre dromadaires. Dromedary together with his dromedaries 4 Don Pedro of Alfarubera Wandered the realm and savored it. He did simply what I’d love to do Had I 4 dromedaries too. 20 Le souris Belles journées, souris du temps, Vous rongez peu à peu ma vie. Dieu! Je vais avoir vingt-huit ans, Et mal vécus, à mon envie. Mouse effective days, time’s mice, little by little You nibble my existence away. Lord! I’ll have lived to 28, Lived badly, I may still say. 22 L’éléphant Comme un éléphant son ivoire, J’ai en bouche un bien précieux. Pourpre mort! . . . J’achète ma gloire Au prix des mots mélodieux. Elephant As an elephant his ivory, my very own mouth sprouts its treasure. Dignified demise! . . . I’ll purchase my popularity With phrases in rhyme and degree. 24 Orphée Regardez cette troupe infecte Aux mille pattes, aux cent yeux: Rotifères, cirons, insectes Et microbes plus merveilleux Que les sept merveilles du monde Et le palais de Rosemonde! Orpheus Behold this vile, infesting mob Thousand-legged, hundred-eyed: Animalcules, bugs, mites, And microbes extra amazing Than the seven wonders of the area And Rosemunda’s palace! 26 La chenille Le travail mène à los angeles richesse. Pauvres poètes, travaillons! l. a. chenille en peinant sans cesse Devient le riche papillon. Caterpillar Toil results in wealth. bad poets, Let’s toil on! by means of and through The bug that retains on striving turns To a monarch butterfly. 28 La mouche Nos mouches savant des chansons Que leur apprirent en Norvège Les mouches ganiques qui sont Les divinités de l. a. neige. Housefly Songs they’ve discovered in Norway Are the songs our houseflies understand, Taught them through wonder-working flies, Divinities of snow. 30 La puce Puces, amis, amantes même, Qu’ils sont cruels ceux qui nous aiment! Tout notre sang coule pour eux. Les bien-aimés sont malheureux. Flea Fleas—friends, even fanatics, How merciless are those that suck Our blood in loving us, and people most sensible enjoyed are out of success. 32 La sauterelle Voici l. a. advantageous sauterelle, los angeles nourriture de saint Jean. Puissent mes vers être comme elle, Le régal des meilleures gens. Grasshopper Here’s the delectable grasshopper, The nutrition of Saint John. Be like her, my verses, What the simplest people nibble on. 34 Orphée Que ton Coeur soit l’appât et le ciel, l. a. piscine! vehicle, pécheur, quel poisson d’eau douce ou bien marine Egale-t-il, et par l. a. forme et l. a. saveur, Ce beau poisson divin qu’est JESUS, Mon Sauveur? Orpheus may possibly your middle be the bait and the heavens your pool! For, sinner, what fish of clean water or sea Can equivalent in reasonable shape and appreciate That divine fish, JESUS, My Savior? 36 Le dauphin Dauphins, vous jouez dans los angeles mer, Mais le flot est toujours amer. Parfois, ma joie éclate-t-elle? los angeles vie est encore cruelle. Dolphin even though, dolphins, you recreation within the sea, Ever sour is the surf. from time to time, does my pleasure burst unfastened? And but cruel is existence. 38 Le poulpe Jetant son encre vers les cieux, Suçant le sang de ce qu’il aime Et le trouvant délicieux, Ce monstre inhumain, c’est moi-même. Devilfish Squirting his ink to the sky, Sucking his fanatics’ blood, discovering the style of it reliable, This inhuman monster is I.