An Anthology of Belgian Symbolist Poets (Belgian Francophone Library)

Initially released in 1992, this bilingual anthology represents the vigour, variety, and originality with which the Symbolist circulate was once grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the interior global, the fin de siècle Belgian poets reworked the canal towns and landscapes in their fatherland into lasting magnets of the mind's eye. The Belgian Symbolist poems are vessels of passage to visionary geographical regions, demonstrating the permeability of internal and outer truth.

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Le soir de plus en plus en submerge l’image Et l’enfonce comme une lune qui surnage, Et l’affaiblit comme les sons mourants d’un cor, Visage en fuite et que toute l’ombre macule, Visage qui déjà se semble avoir fini D’aller jusqu’à l’enlizement dans l’infini. O ce jeu du miroir où soi-même on s’annule! “Aux vitres de notre âme . . . ” from Le Régne du Silence Aux vitres de notre âme apparaissent le soir Des visages anciens demeurés dans le verre; Leur keepsake, malgré le temps, y persévère, Visages du crossé qu’on souffre de revoir: Fronts sans cesse pâlis; lèvres déveloutées; Yeux couverts chaque jour d’ombres surajoutées Et qui dans l. a. mémoire achèvent de mourir . . . Visage d’une mère ou visage de femme Qui jadis ont vécu le plus près de notre âme. Encor si l’on pouvait un peu les refleurir Ces faces, dans le verre, à peine nuancées Et voir distinctement leurs characteristics dans nos pensées! Faces mortes toujours près de s’évanouir Et sans cesse émergeant,—sitôt qu’on les oublie,Au fil de l’âme, en des détresses d’Ophélie Dont les cheveux de lin ont un air de rouir. Ah! remark essayer d’avoir un peu de joie Quand les vitres de l’âme aimante sont de l’eau Où reparaît sans cesse et sans cesse se noie Un doux visage intermittent dans un halo! 25 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology 26 an anthology of belgian symbolist poets “Water, for the patient . . . ” from The Reign of Silence Water, for the patient, is a sister of charity, Who may fulfill no longer one human wish, And who hides sweetly, with a sour smile, underneath a veil, a gown of darkness; Her love of silence, her loathing of lifestyles Are so contagious, that multiple has entered Her chapel of shadows, her pious depths, the place placidly she sings, close to the golf green reeds, Organ of verdant pipes that accompanies her softly. She sings! she says: “The candy retreat that i'll supply to these a lot discouraged . . . ” Ah! the mild fascination of that heavenly voice! for his or her fever, it bargains the nippiness of an everlasting mattress! and plenty of, lured via the benign name, Paralyzed, input the water as one enters an asylum, after which die, for the water cleanses, enshrouds them In her currents as clean as fine linen; Then, ultimately, they've got discovered mild demise. in the meantime, the night, everywhere in the physique at relaxation, Will kindle, at the hours of darkness water, a vibrant catafalque of stars. “O snow, the candy sound . . . ” from The Reign of Silence O snow, the candy sound, who lulls the evening, So light, you, the main pensive sister of silence, the stainless stability in a cloak of indolence, retaining your pallor through the vespers. candy! you smother and enfeeble the entire tumult, shapes, uproar; Wavering snow, you appear to vanish, some distance, such a lot distant, within the haze of the streets! and also you die the loss of life, for which we've got prayed, A white finish, considerate, pious, serene, A pardoned loss of life, which slowly tells web page 26 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology web page 27 Georges Rodenbach “L’Eau, pour qui souffre . . . ” from Le Régne du Silence L’Eau, pour qui souffre, est une soeur de charité Que n’a pu satisfaire aucune joie humaine Et qui se cache, douce et le sourire amère, Sous une guimpe et sous un froc d’obscurité; Son amour du repos, son dégoût de los angeles vie Sont si contagieux que plus d’un l’a suivie Dans l. a. chapelle d’ombre, au fond pieux des eaux, Où, tranquille, elle chante au pied des longs roseaux Dont l’orgue aux verts tuyaux l’accompagne en sourdine.

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