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Calligrammes by Guillaume Apollinaire from ‘Poems of Peace and War’. Apollinaire – La Colombe Poignardée et le jet d’eau. from Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War (). The Stabbed [bleeding] Dove (top image). Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes reveals a modernism unmatched by English poets of the first world war, says Stephen Romer.

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Apollinaire’s Calligrammes

Butor, Monument de rien pour Apollinaire In his later collection of poems, CalligrammesApollinaire incorporated words, letters and phrases into complex visual collages. The following other wikis use this file: You have any larger higher-res images? French poems books Works by Guillaume Apollinaire Poetry collection stubs. The Calligrammes are an idealisation of free verse poetry and typographical precision in an era when typography is reaching a brilliant end to its career, at callgiramme dawn of the new means of reproduction that are the cinema and the phonograph.

The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: Orphism Marie Laurencin Bateau-Lavoir.

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Here the image constructed through the use of letters and words serves as an aid to our imagination and when you read the poem you already calligrwmme an image of this caligramme in your mind. For the truth is that to judge Apollinaire either naive or superficial is both a naive and superficial reading of these poems. In “La victoire” he even imagines a new, improved language, made of nothing but consonants, of raucous throat noise and apollinarie farts”, that would issue forth accompanied by gobs of spit not “postilions” – a rare error of this translation.

Notify me of new comments via email. It is worth remembering also that Apollinaire, Polish-Italian by birth, only received his French nationality inafter fighting at the front for more than a year. Views View Edit History.


Astonishingly, Guillaume Apollinaire is the sole French poet of the first world war still widely read or seriously rated. This site uses cookies. This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States. Note that a few countries have copyright terms longer than 70 years: Retrieved from ” https: For Apollinaire, writing no longer had the same role, its status had changed and Apollinaire was one of the first to interrogate this.

Starry eyed, and starry headed – to use one of his titles – Apollinaire volunteered instill hot from a passionate love affair, and apparently ready for an immense aesthetic adventure. This file contains additional information such as Exif metadata which may have been added by the digital camera, scanner, or software program used to create or digitize it.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. Which only goes to show how dogmatism can blunt judgment and proscribe taste. Calligrammes is noted for how the typeface and spatial arrangement of the words on a page plays just as much of a role in the meaning of each poem as the words themselves — a calkigramme called a calligram. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Apollinairf page became a sort of canvas for experimentation with different spatial relationships and with the possibility of multiple readings along different axes. There is no direct political protest as such: The medium he worked in were not paints and brushes, but letters and language. You must also include a United Cqlligramme public domain tag to indicate why this work is in the public domain in the United States. Poems of Peace and Waris a collection of poems by Guillaume Apollinaire which was first published in see in poetry.

Yet more astonishingly, none of the tragic events of the war itself actually seems to resonate in his work. He experimented with a poetry in which a simple reading along the familiar linear axes left to right, top to bottom was no longer possible. In other jurisdictions, re-use of this content may be restricted; see Reuse of PD-Art photographs for details. Guillaume Apollinaire France, was the author of a variety of different texts: Description Guillaume Apollinaire – Calligramme – Cheval.

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His innovative approach to poetry had a profound effect on modern and contemporary poets. Berton by Edme Quenedey. Email required Address never made public.

From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. Later, he joined the infantry proper, went into the front line, and his poems darken accordingly, becoming more complex and more urgent. Public domain Public domain false false This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less.

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In this sense, the collection can be seen as either concrete poetry or visual poetry. The present work is part of the calligrammes subtitled Poems of War and Peace —16a collection of poems where words are spatially arranged to create an image.

As well as having a keen eye for the visual arts, the visual dimension of writing was extremely important calligranme Apollinaire.

This would have added to his unquestionably genuine patriotic ardour, since he had always desired to be recognised officially as French. Elsewhere, the wood where he is stationed takes on a kind of fairylike magic, as in “La nuit d’avril “, which is an extended fantastical conceit:. In “Merveille de la guerre” we find: