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(1842-1898 / France)

Stéphane Mallarmé
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Stéphane Mallarmé worked as a lycée teacher at Tournon, Avignon and then Paris. His salon in the Rue de Rome became a rendezvous for young writers during the last fifteen years of his life. He was a friend of Degas. His verse often experiments with dislocated punctuation and grammar. more »

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  • ''Alas, the flesh is weary, and I've read all the books.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. Poésies (1887). Brise Marine, st. 1, Mallarmé: The Poems, trans. by and ed. Keith Bosley (1977)....
  • ''Will lovely, lively, virginal today
    Shatter for us with a wing's drunken blow
    This hard, forgotten lake haunted in snow
    By the sheer ice of flocks not flown away!''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. Poésies (1887). Plusieurs Sonnets, no. 2, st. 1, Mallarmé: The Poems, trans. by and ed. Keith Bo...
  • There is only beauty—and it has only one perfect expression—Poetry. All the rest is a lie—except for those who live by the body, love, and, that love of the mind, friendship.... For me,...
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French Symbolist poet. Letter, May 14, 1867. quoted in Frederic Chase St. Aubyn, Mallarmé, ch. 1 (1969).
  • ''Every soul is a melody which needs renewing.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. La Revue Blanche (Paris, Sept. 1895). Variations on a Subject, "Verse Crisis," Complete Works (1...
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