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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The black on white of the printed page became a new field of experimentation. The official xalligramme taken by the Wikimedia Foundation is that ” faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain “.

Apollinarie – Calligrammes

What we have in these poems, instead of politics, is a subjective and affective chronicle in which the wilder imaginative flights are constantly calligtamme down by immediate detail.

Calligrams of Guillaume Apollinaire. Butor, Monument de rien pour Apollinaire In his later collection of poems, CalligrammesApollinaire incorporated words, letters and phrases into complex visual collages.

A consistent governing sensibility expands then retracts with impressive suppleness – it’s rather like a genie returning to its bottle. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.

Starry eyed, and starry headed – to use one of apollinairre titles – Apollinaire volunteered instill hot from a passionate love affair, and apparently ready for an immense aesthetic adventure.

Technical developments such as the phonograph, the telephone, radio and cinema had provided new ways of storing and diffusing language without recourse to the written word. For the truth is that to judge Apollinaire either naive or superficial is both a naive and superficial reading of these poems.

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.

Apollinaire’s Calligrammes

Discover art with ArtEx. Orphism Marie Laurencin Bateau-Lavoir. If the file has been modified from its original state, some details such as the timestamp may not fully reflect those of the original file. The overriding requirement is calligramme to find new poetic forms, more audacious and revolutionary metaphors, adventurous ideograms and experimental typography.


The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: In this sense, the collection can be seen as either concrete poetry or visual poetry. The following other wikis use this file: You are commenting using your WordPress. The following biographical and literary information on Guillaume Apollinaire is extracted from the following website: You have any larger higher-res images?

Related articles Sep 15, Apollinairee well as having a keen eye for the visual arts, the visual dimension of writing was extremely important to Apollinaire. 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.

Astonishingly, Guillaume Apollinaire is the sole French poet of the first world war still widely read or seriously rated. Yet more astonishingly, none of the tragic events of the war itself actually seems to resonate in his work.

Poems of Peace and War by Guillaume Apollinaire

Note that a few countries have copyright terms longer than 70 years: Guillaume Apollinaire was an artist in a non-linear way. In Russia, anarchist poets were also declaring the sovereignty of the phoneme and the sign at this time.

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. 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 site uses cookies. 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 lavishly produced, bilingual edition of Calligrammes, first published in and now re-issued, remains the comprehensive edition, though I would refer the reader also to the finely judged recent translations of this poet by Robert Chandler in the much slimmer Dent Everyman series.


This page was last edited on 18 Aprilat Apollinaire took great care over the typographical layout of his work. The author of Alcools, the leader of the 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: 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.

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This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States.

This image may not be in the public domain in these countries, which moreover do not implement the rule of the shorter term. Description Guillaume Apollinaire – Calligramme callgiramme Cheval. Notify me of new comments via email. Apollinaire described his work as follows:. French poems books Works by Guillaume Apollinaire Poetry collection stubs.