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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You are commenting using your Facebook account. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: The medium he worked in were not paints and brushes, but letters and language.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Which only goes to show how dogmatism can blunt judgment and proscribe taste. In his calligramne collection of poems, CalligrammesApollinaire incorporated words, letters and phrases into complex visual collages. His innovative approach to poetry had a profound effect on modern and contemporary poets.

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Views View Edit History. Description Guillaume Apollinaire – Calligramme – Cheval. Berton by Edme Quenedey.

Apollinaire, it would seem, was one of those men who marched away, sans se poser trop de questions, in response to the nation’s call. Apparently revelling in its own egotistical sublime, it is not surprising that Calligrammes, the major collection of Apollinaire’s war poems, published in and reissued here apolliinaire an English apollihaire by Anne Hyde Greet, should have raised the hackles of critics. 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 form called a calligram.


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. 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.

This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. What we have in these poems, instead of politics, is a subjective and affective chronicle in which the wilder imaginative flights are constantly pinned down by immediate detail. The author of Alcools, the leader of calligrammee Parisian avant-garde, the champion of cubism, simultaneism, futurism and every other -ism, the poet who embraced the new technologies and exploded poetic form and figure, joined his artillery batallion in Champagne the champagne front seems a peculiarly apt posting for the man for the same reason as thousands of others: In “La victoire” he even imagines a new, improved language, made of nothing but consonants, of raucous throat noise and “labial farts”, that would issue forth accompanied by gobs of spit not “postilions” – a rare error of this translation.

Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War by Guillaume Apollinaire

Related articles Sep 15, You have any larger higher-res images? Apollinaire secured that he will always be present in his work not just through words, but also through his unique handwriting and the constructed imagery. You are commenting using your WordPress. This article about a collection of written poetry is a stub. Guillaume Apollinaire was an artist in a non-linear way. This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat Orphism Marie Laurencin Bateau-Lavoir.

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At his most hard-nosed, in the s, Louis Aragon criticised it sharply for its aestheticism and frivolity, declaring that no poem should countenance any description of war that made it look attractive. This would have added to his unquestionably genuine patriotic ardour, since he had always desired to be recognised officially as French. Notify me of new comments via email. As an artilleryman, positioned behind the front lines in the relative security of a wood, Apollinaire could indeed sit back, to some extent, and admire the view.

Apollinaire took great care over the typographical layout of his work. For the truth is that to judge Apollinaire either naive or superficial is both a naive and superficial reading of these poems. The following biographical and literary information on Guillaume Apollinaire is extracted from the following website: 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: