Transparence of the World

ISBN-10: 155659190X

ISBN-13: 9781556591907

Edition: 2003

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Description: Throughout WWII, French poet Jean Follain wrote poems that revisit the provinces of personal and cultural history. His quietly phrased, brief devotions are -described as "miniatures," yet are monumental, capturing the pressure of history upon daily moments. By reducing the world to its small objects, every detail, every image becomes imbued with meaning. This bilingual volume, celebrating the centennial of Jean Follain's birth, is translated by W.S. Merwin, who writes in his introduction: "Follain's concern is finally with the mystery of the present-the mystery which gives the recalled concrete details their form, at once luminous and removed, when they are seen at last in their places, as they seem to be in the best of his poems."

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 4/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396

Poet W. S. Merwin (William Stanley Merwin) was born on September 30, 1927 in New York City. He attended Princeton University. He has authored over fifteen books of poetry and some of those titles include "The River Sound" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), which was named a New York Times notable book of the year; "The Vixen" (1996), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; "The Carrier of Ladders" (1970), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and "A Mask for Janus" (1952), which was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Merwin won a second Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The Shadow of Sirius (published in 2008). He has also published books of translation, which include Dante's Purgatorio, numerous plays and books of prose. Some of Merwin's honors include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Bollingen Prize, the Governor's Award for Literature of the State of Hawaii, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the first Tanning Prize and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. He also received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and a Ford Foundation Grant. He is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and received a five-year term as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.

Preface
Voluntary Mutilation
Landscape of a Child on His Way to the Place of the Regents
Appeal to the Red-Haired Soldiers
Death of a Ferret
Father and Daughter
Last Judgment
The Women Who Sew Livery
The Song of the Dragoon
Imperial Evenings
Free Growths
Preview of Death
Evenings of Ink
Dusk
Signs for Travellers
Speech Alone
The Beast
The Pyramid
Dawn
Housewives
The Barn-Owl
Existence
Matter
The Theater of Tableaux Vivants
The Useful
The Silence
Asia
The Secret
Domestic Life
The School and Nature
Death
The Egg
October Thoughts
The Students' Dog
The Plate
Humans
The Books and Love
Tragic Winter
Fraternities
Conspiracy
Life
The Woman and the Child in Costume
Wall
Trials
Cadences
The Voices
End of a Century
Another Time
Meal
The Evening Suit
Hollow Daydream
Show
The Square
Underground Palace
Couple
Signs
Eve
Exile
Black Meat
Imperial Hamlet
Solitaries
World's End
The Tragic in Time
Thief
About the Author
About the Translator
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