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A three page Literary Manifesto none of his prose is here Probably including some of it would have ntailed commissioning and paying for new translations that would have been beyond the book s budget but without a fair array of Jammes output which included fiction memoir and drama as well as lyric poetry the volume falls short of representing him in the most rounded way This book consists of a 56 page sampling of Francis Jammes s poems translated from French into English by Kathryn Nuernberger Bruce Whiteman Teo Savory and Janine Canan These are followed by six short Smokin' Hot essaysach written by a different literary scholar which provide a biographico historico geographical context for the poems analyze their influence on the development of context for the poems analyze their influence on the development of Placing Memory especially with regards to Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell and assess their present day relevance and overall meritJammes was a fin du siecle Basue poet who wrote loose limbed free verse lyric poetry with a neo pastoral bent during anra when it was vastly fashionable to write semantically dense poetry about the nnui
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city dwellers His system revolved around a worship of purity and innocence two ualities that in his arly work are rather nauseatingly symbolized by the bodies of rural dwelling young girls Jammes talks at length and with utmost sincerity about his pure sad soul and how it isolates him from others How can he ver find a lasting true love if all the women he meets are not pure nough to accept his pure sad soul for what it is he asks His avowed abhorrence of all forms of artifice is so forceful so deliberate that to me it sometimes seemed like its own form of artifice His poems are also marked by a rather aggressive seeming willed joyfulnessAnd yet Just when you had made up your mind to hate Jammes on account of his turn of the century chauvinism and the way he clutches his naivete tightly to his chest like a child s life jacket he stuns you by writing so beautifully crafting images that feel so alive and breathe so much heady fragrance up your nostrils that your head simply spins His metaphors sunder all your Wanton Nights expectations and all your notions of logic they confuse your senses with their seemingly artlessvocations of synesthesia The look she gave was like lavender flowers as fresh as the movements of your head Its winds are as bitter as olives Yes just when you had resolved to nd this terrible. For his masterful imagery and charming frankness Jammes' influence can be seen on the New York School and Deep Image poets In addition to its significance to literary history Jammes' work remains as surprising and resonant as when it was first published with acclaim In this fifth volume of the Unsung Masters Series published by Pleiades Press at the University of Central Missouri ditors Kathryn Nuernberger and Bruce Whiteman have sele. Blind date to gather up your purse and return to your lonely apartment all by yourself his magician s hands present you with this translucent crocus and that pink mushroom the thick black rose and the weeping iris afire And you think to yourself Ah well we all have flaws What s important is Can we be salvaged Can we be redeemedThe first three pages of this book are devoted to a prose work by pages of this book are devoted to a prose work by titled Jammisme A Literary Manifesto This piece is a sort of ars poetica wherein Jammes waxes poetic about girls with charming legs and graceful breasts in a way that made my skin crawl He makes obnoxiously dogmatic pronouncements like What on arth am I to think of a writer who delights in depicting a living turtle ncrusted with precious stones I cannot believe that such a person is worthy of the name of poet because God did not create turtles for this purpose You can imagine how turned off I was by these narrow minded articles of faith being myself a writer who believes that imagination and invention are components of a poet s toolbox no less vital than perception and observation It is my passionate conviction that poetry need not restrict itself to trafficking with nonfiction but is also at liberty to traffic with fiction ven science fiction if that is what the Muse desires So after reading Jammisme A Literary Manifesto I was inclined to be severe on Jammes s poetryReading Jammes s short poems his Tristesses and his uatrains softened my prejudices a little but only a very little It was Jammes s long poems his Elegies that made a convert I challenge you to read Jammes s Second Elegy a four part nine page masterpiece and then tell me that it didn t break your heart like a soft soda cracker The Fifteenth Elegy which xpresses Jammes heart like a soft soda cracker The Fifteenth Elegy which The Fiend Next Door expresses Jammes respect for his fellow French poet Marceline Desbordes Val also made me uestion whether I had judged Jammes too harshlyAs far as the six scholarlyssays at the nd of the book are concerned I would most highly recommend Nuernberger s it is the most original and interesting and controversial contending that Jammes ventually renounced his narrow views of femininity and பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் evolved a pro proletariat proto feminist politics late in life The only thing I wish were different about this book is it would have been nice if the French originals had been included so that Francophone readers could assess the faithfulness of the translations. Cted than seventy pages of representative poetry and prose by Jammes and they have brought togetherssays by poets and critics who admire his work Essays and appreciations by Jaswinder Bolina Janine Canan John Gallaher Christopher Howell Benjamin Johnson and Kathryn Nuernberger demonstrate Jammes' influence on the development of twentieth century poetics and reintroduce readers to an astonishing literary voice worth reading in any tim. .

Jammes poetry is wonderful he s certainly a new favorite I m not a big fan of the The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 essays I think it s appropriate for the book and thessays are well written but I find analyzing poems to deeply ruins some of the magic for me This tribute volume to the turn of the 20th Century rural poet Francis Jammes 1868 1938 is self recommending to those interested in French literature of the period or in the Pays Basue where the writer lived and is perhaps most valuable for the Introduction and six ssays that place Jammes in context and argue for his importanceMuch of this critical writing discusses Jammes relation to Modernism which looks very slight from this distance although it was also debated when he was alive Simplicity is indeed a hallmark of one type of Modernism which we can associate with William Carlos Williams as an xemplar Jammes does not seem so radically simple as Williams partly because as critic Christopher Howell points out he relies a lot on conventional Romantic phraseology as Williams certainly did not The most apt comparison for Jammes in English language poetry might actually be Thomas Hardy although Jammes forms are freerHowell ventually absolves Jammes
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conventionality on the that he means his clich s I m not sure it s a convincing argument The danger with a simple poet is shading into the simplistic and the language which Howell uotes and which is on display lsewhere in this volume does sometimes seem simplisticKathryn Neuernberger one of the book s ditors makes display lsewhere in this volume does sometimes seem simplisticKathryn Neuernberger one of the book s ditors makes better case for the tougher sharper acutely observant Jammes that merges in the late Four Books of uatrains written in the poet s 50sI was very glad to read this volume but as a vehicle for getting to know Jammes better it fails in two signal ways both related to the presentation of his writing The rather short selection of his poetry offered in translations by different hands does not include the original French on facing pages In 2015 this is practically a deal breaker All translated include the original French on facing pages In 2015 this is practically a deal breaker All translated of poetry in the major European languages at least ought to contain the original texts All it takes is a smattering of the original language true of my French to be able to discern much better what the translators are up toThe second failing is that the selection gives a very limited impression of Jammes writing He was voluminous in prose as well as poetry but apart from. In the mountain villages of the remote French Basue Country in the AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 early years of the twentieth century Francis Jammes was writing poems plays and novels Praised by his French contemporaries Stéphane Mallarmé André Gide and Paul Claudel among others Jammes would become known among the American Modernists as one of their mostssential influences And then thanks to the vagaries of time and taste he and his works were forgotten Known.

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