Poems Under Saturn: Poèmes saturniens (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

Poems Under Saturn: Poèmes saturniens (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

Paul Verlaine


Poems lower than Saturn is the 1st whole English translation of the gathering that introduced Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) as a poet of promise and originality, person who could end up considered as one of many maximum of nineteenth-century writers. This new translation, via revered modern poet Karl Kirchwey, faithfully renders the collection's heady mixture of classical studying and earthy sensuality in poems whose rhythm and rhyme characterize one of many preferrred accomplishments of French verse. Restoring often anthologized poems to the context within which they initially seemed, Poems lower than Saturn testifies to the blazing skills for which Verlaine is celebrated.

The poems demonstrate precocious virtuosity, mingling the sights of the flesh with the longings of the spirit. Greek and Hindu fable collapse to intimate erotic meditations and wickedly satirical society graphics, mythological landscapes trade with gritty narratives of mid-nineteenth century Paris, visions of happiness yield to nightmarish glimpses of deep alienation, and actual and imaginary characters--including Achilles, Valmiki, Charlemagne, and Spain's baleful King Philip II--all determine because the subject material of a supremely bold younger poet.

Poems lower than Saturn offers the intense devotion and severe musicality of an artist for whom poetry remained the single actual passion.

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