By Guillaume Apollinaire
Guiilaume Apollinaire, a number one determine among the younger writers and artists in France until eventually his dying in 1918, released 'Alcools', his first ebook of poems, in 1913. With its wide variety of verse types and contrasting registers of fashion, 'Alcools' had a substantial impact on Surrealist poetry. The poems offer a most suitable instance of the lyrical artwork during which the paradoxes of Apollinaire are held in excessive poetic pressure. The editor's advent and notes happen within the twentieth Century and clarify allusion and problems within the textual content.
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Certain obsessive images emerge from the volume. Light signifies lucidity, hope, confidence, the future and, combined with fire, the magic and dangerous alcool as well as the poet's sacrifice in creation. Darkness and particularly ombres represent despair, the subconscious, the past seen not as the repository of happiness but as a dead weight across the future. CONCLUSION The reputation and influence of Alcools have steadily grown since its publication for a number of reasons. Firstly, the denial of eloquence practised by Apollinaire has become an accepted ambition of young poets in England and America as well as in France.
Firstly, the denial of eloquence practised by Apollinaire has become an accepted ambition of young poets in England and America as well as in France. If Eluard admired his elder it was largely for this reason, seen in his own statement: Rien de plus affreux que le langage po£tis6, que des mots trop jolis gracieusement H6s a d'autres perles. La po6sie veritable s'accommode de nudit^s crues . . , Pl&ade, ii, p. 530) The range of Apollinaire's poetic vocabulary is immense, Introduction 33 developing the ideas advanced by Rimbaud and taking to a very advanced stage Hugo's proud claim to have put a 'bonnet rouge sur le vieux dictionnaire'.
Pleiade, ii, p. 895) This view is of course derived from the whole of the range of Apollinaire's work—the assertions of Alcools are more muted and tentative. What does come through with increasing force is his view of the role of the poet as creator. It is a revival of the nineteenthcentury view of the poet-magus in Baudelaire, Mallarme and Rimbaud but its reformulation by Apollinaire, firmly in the context of his own age, takes on a considerable significance. 34 Introduction His use of humour—of phrase, situation and character— lightens the melancholy of many of the poems and the latent surprise, lying in wait for the unwary and yielding reader are two ingredients which will appeal permanently to Surrealists.
Alcools (Athlone French Poets) (French Edition) by Guillaume Apollinaire