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By Willard Bohn

The name of the current learn refers back to the undeniable fact that Apollinaire regularly labored on the leading edge of recent aesthetics. the amount seeks to rehabilitate 4 experimental genres specifically that experience bought really little consciousness. the 1st bankruptcy examines an enthralling artist's ebook entitled The Bestiary, which positive factors illustrations by way of Raoul Dufy. the second one is worried with a bunch of poems that remember usual, way of life. the following bankruptcy considers Apollinaire's little-known debt to children's rhymes. the ultimate bankruptcy discusses an avant-garde drama that used to be destined to play a key function within the evolution of contemporary French theater. This booklet should be of curiosity to somebody attracted to avant-garde aesthetics. it is going to charm not just to students of twentieth-century poetry but in addition to devotees of recent paintings and glossy theater.

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As King of the Beasts, he symbolizes not only historical kings who have disappeared over the years, but also Jesus Christ, a spiritual king, who was martyred by those he was trying to save. Although the Lion’s symbolism is relatively clear, the buildings and boats in the illustration are not immediately identifiable. While the scene evidently portrays a port, one wonders where it is supposed to be. The text seems to imply that it is located in Hamburg. The last two lines refer to Carl Hagenbeck, a famous wild animal trainer, who built the first modern zoo in that city between 1902 and 1907.

Since it possesses divine properties, it makes an ideal fodder for the winged horse. Although there are many different varieties, one suspects the specimens depicted by Dufy are examples of crimson clover (trifolium pratense). Known in French 18 J. E. Cirlot, A Dictionary of Symbols, tr. Jack Sage, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971), pp. 50-51. 38 Apollinaire on the Edge as le farouch, they confirm our initial impression that Pegasus is wild and untamed (farouche). “Le Lion” is the site of another marvelous collaboration between Apollinaire and Dufy.

14 In other words, he believed that ordinary existence possessed a beauty of its own. Apollinaire not only extended the realm of poetry into the everyday world, moreover, but made it available to the man in the street. For the fact that something is “ordinary” simply means it is important to the average person. At the same time, Apollinaire redefined his own function in keeping with the radical new poetry that he envisioned. In particular, he rejected the lofty role traditionally accorded the poet.

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