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By Roger Pearson

This concise biography of Stéphane Mallarmé (1842–98) blends an account of the poet’s existence with a close research of his evolving poetic conception and perform. “A poet in this earth needs to be uniquely a poet,” he declared on the age of twenty-two—but what's a poet’s lifestyles and what isa poet’s functionality? In his poems and prose statements and by means of the instance of his lifestyles, Mallarmé supplied solutions to those questions.

            In Stéphane Mallarmé, Roger Pearson explores the connection between Mallarmé’s existence, his philosophy, and his writing. To Mallarmé, being a poet includes a continuing, lifelong research of language and its expressive power. It represents, argues Pearson, a basic reaction to the metaphysical secret of the human situation and the will to make experience of it for others. A poet turns daily banality into customers of poser; and a poet, in Mallarmé’s notion, is ready to convey all people jointly in heightened knowledge and figuring out of the “magnificent act of living.”

This concise and fascinating biography tells the tale of a desirable and totally detailed voice in French poetry, person who used to be frequently overshadowed by way of different Symbolist writers. it's a necessary learn for college kids of literature and nineteenth-century France.

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42 After four months in Tournon Mallarmé was complaining bitterly at the tedium of his life and envying Emmanuel his ability to create excitement around him. , i. 111), yearning for the stimulating bustle and literary gossip of Paris: ‘I need people, friendly Parisiennes, paintings, music. , i. 122). By day’s end he is so exhausted that he goes to bed at seven. Constant sleep is his only remedy. , i. , i. 115). What, he wondered, if the child were ugly or mentally impaired? Once the school holidays came, Mallarmé was desperate to be off, deserting Marie whose condition prevented her from travelling.

For Mallarmé had now found a path beyond the Baudelairean alchemy whereby the base metal of the real – the quotidian, the shoddy, the vile – is transformed by imagery and poetic form into ‘flowers of evil’. Rather he is concerned to stifle narrative and 48 description and to confound the reader who seeks to picture a real place or real event in the world. Words perforce have referents in the material world, and to speak a word is as though to utter a spell, ‘evoking’ or calling up dead spirits.

Entitled ‘Saint Cecilia playing on the wing of a cherubim’ (later shortened, in the French, to ‘Sainte’), this exquisite poem simulates a stainedglass window in which the saint, a ‘musician of silence’, sits with her finger delicately poised over the cherubim’s harp-like wing. To one side, as though rejected, lie an old viola, its sandalwood fading and its gilt decoration almost flaked away, and also a text and/or score of the Magnificat, opened wide but unread and unperformed. The implication is that a new form of poetry – a secular orchestration of suggestive silence, exemplified by the poem itself – is better able to evoke the sacred mysteries than the open book of Christian ritual.

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