Tuesday, April 19

Stéphane Mallarmé - Encrypted

"At the dawn of modernism, in the late nineteenth century, the activity of avant-garde artists often resembled rival expeditions into uncharted polar regions. The goal was to discover novel spheres of expression: the unspoken word, the unpainted image, the unheard sound. Arguably, the Amundsen of fin-de-siècle art—the first to plant a flag at an outer extreme of artistic possibility—was the French poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Upon his death, in 1898, he left behind a body of work so inscrutable that it still causes literature students to fall to their knees in despair. ..."
New Yorker: Encrypted
Jacket2: Stephane Mallarmé, 'UN COUP DE DÉS' @ EPC Library
Guardian: The Poems in Verse by Stéphane Mallarmé, translated by Peter Manson - review
Mallarmé gets a life - London Review of Books
Poetry Foundation