In the Shadow's Light

Yves Bonnefoy, Author, John Naughton, Translator University of Chicago Press $34 (190p) ISBN 978-0-226-06447-5
In the moving poem ``The Farewell,'' Bonnefoy asks a loved one if, ``in the language called poetry / There is only one word for designating / The morning and the evening sun.'' The poet himself answers in the affirmative yet proceeds to expand his statement by way of an image: poems are ``brambles'' springing up ``among the stones,'' or what the poet sees as the words of a poem. In the fascinating interview, conducted by Naughton ( The Poetics of Yves Bonnefoy ), that ends this volume, Bonnefoy says that ``poetry is an experience of what goes beyond words,'' engendering a ``fleeting perception'' of a ``state of . . . unity'' in which the soul is ``at peace.'' Brambles, then, like poetry, stimulate our senses, or, as the poet says in ``The Well, the Brambles,'' they ``scratch our faces,'' making us aware of the beauty around us. These enlightening and often exhilarating poems seek to use language to go beyond language, to encompass whole states of feeling, and to achieve a fusion of antitheses--hope and despair, darkness and light, life and death. Bonnefoy ( Concordance Poemesstet per BIP ) has been awarded France's prestigious Prix Goncourt. This is a bilingual edition. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/04/1991
Release date: 02/01/1991
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 190 pages - 978-0-226-06448-2
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.