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Francis Jammes In The Mountain Villages Of The Remote French Basque Country In The Early Years Of The Twentieth Century, Francis Jammes Was Writing Poems, Plays, And Novels Praised By His French Contemporaries, St Phane Mallarm , Andr Gide, And Paul Claudel, Among Others, Jammes Would Become Known Among The American Modernists As One Of Their Most Essential Influences And Then, Thanks To The Vagaries Of Time And Taste, He And His Works Were Forgotten Known For His Masterful Imagery And Charming Frankness, Jammes Influence Can Be Seen On The New York School And Deep Image Poets In Addition To Its Significance To Literary History, Jammes Work Remains As Surprising And Resonant As When It Was First Published With Acclaim In This Fifth Volume Of The Unsung Masters Series, Published By Pleiades Press At The University Of Central Missouri, Editors Kathryn Nuernberger And Bruce Whiteman Have Selected Than Seventy Pages Of Representative Poetry And Prose By Jammes, And They Have Brought Together Essays By Poets And Critics Who Admire His Work Essays And Appreciations By Jaswinder Bolina, Janine Canan, John Gallaher, Christopher Howell, Benjamin Johnson, And Kathryn Nuernberger Demonstrate Jammes Influence On The Development Of Twentieth Century Poetics And Reintroduce Readers To An Astonishing Literary Voice Worth Reading In Any Time.


13 thoughts on “Francis Jammes

  1. says:

    This book consists of a 56 page sampling of Francis Jammes s poems, translated from French into English by Kathryn Nuernberger, Bruce Whiteman, Teo Savory, and Janine Canan These are followed by six short essays, each written by a different literary scholar, which provide a biographico historico geographical context for the poems, analyze their influence on the development of Modernism especially with regards to Ezra Pound and Amy Lowell , and assess their present day relevance and overall merit.Jammes was a fin du siecle Basque poet who wrote loose limbed free verse lyric poetry with a neo pastoral bent during an era when it was vastly fashionable to write semantically dense poetry about the ennui of city dwellers His value system revolved around a worship of purity and innocence two qualities that, in his early work, are rather nauseatingly symbolized by the bodies of rural dwelling young girls Jammes talks at length and with utmost sincerity about his pure sad soul and how it isolates him from others How can he ever find a lasting true love if all the women he meets are not pure enough to accept his pure sad soul for what it is, he asks His avowed abhorrence of all forms of artifice is so forceful, so deliberate that, to me, it sometimes seemed like its own form of artifice His poems are also marked by a rather aggressive seemin...


  2. says:

    This tribute volume to the turn of the 20th Century rural poet Francis Jammes 1868 1938 is self recommending to those interested in French literature of the period or in the Pays Basque where the writer lived , and is perhaps most valuable for the Introduction and six essays that place Jammes in context and argue for his importance.Much of this critical writing discusses Jammes relation to Modernism, which looks very slight from this distance although it was also debated when he was alive Simplicity is indeed a hallmark of one type of Modernism which we can associate with William Carlos Williams as an exemplar Jammes does not seem so radically simple as Williams, partly because, as critic Christopher Howell points out, he relies a lot on conventional Romantic phraseology, as Williams certainly did not The most apt comparison for Jammes in English language poetry might actually be Thomas Hardy, although Jammes forms are freer.Howell eventually absolves Jammes of conventionality on the grounds that he means his clich s I m not sure it s a convincing argument The danger with a simple poet is shading into the simplistic, and ...


  3. says:

    Jammes poetry is wonderful, he s certainly a new favorite I m not a big fan of the essays I think it s appropriate for the book and the essays are well written but I find analyzing poems to deeply ruins some of the magic for me.


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