This internationally famous poem, considered to have exerted a wide influence on modern poetry, was first introduced to English-language readers in the. SAINT-JOHN PERSE’S ANABASE. Anyone who would undertake to analyze a poem such as Saint. John Perse’s Anabase1 is faced with a multitude of problems. This internationally famous poem by the Nobel laureate was introduced to English-language readers in this translation by T. S. Eliot. In this definitive e.

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May 09, Billy O’Callaghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: When in doubt, go for the stars. Anabase Anabasis, the Classical Greek word for a journey up country was the first mature work by Saint-John Perse, the poetic pseudonym of French diplomat Alexis Leger. In Paris, he got to know the fellow intellectual poet Larbaud, who used his influence to get the poem Anabase published, written during Leger’s stay in China.

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Anabasis : a poem by St.-J. Perse translated by T. S. Eliot

Dear reader, please anbaasis to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience. His literary work was published partly under his own name, but chiefly under the pseudonyms St.


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Saint-John Perse

But that’s why we don’t just read poetry, we teach it too. Eliot, and his extremely helpful introduction, I would have had absolutely no idea what was going on.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Giving representative quotations of this work for the sake of a review is difficult, as ANABASIS is a ceaseless flow of images in prose poem form, and though the details are fine and innumerable, it is the whole overwhelming effect that makes this such a special work.

Find Rare Books Book Value. The text is translated into English by T. To view it, click here.

Dec 29, jessa rated it it was amazing. The young Oerse felt like an expatriate and spent much of his time hiking, fencing, riding horses and sailing in the Atlantic. Harcourt, Brace and Company. The Herbert Morris Collection Published: I’m fed up trying to interpret or read explanations of the poems.

Anabasis by Perse, St -John

By using this site, you anaabasis to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It’s one of those pieces that needs multiple rereads before it begins to make cohesive sense, but there is still pleasure to be had on the first run-through from the sheer beauty of the language. And I say, let him be slain, otherwise there will be an uprising. How could I have not noticed such obvious shallow pomposity?


This page was last edited on 17 Augustat Inhe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. John Perse is one of my top five poets of the 20th century. Shortly after reading this my body succumbed to an immobilizing fever.

It occurs to me now, a couple of weeks out, that I would not have hated this quite as much if it had been arranged like regular free-verse poetry. Spotting to top page edges. But in drawing inspiration from the Asian cultures around him, Perse does not refer to their peculiarities, to what sets them apart from his persf, but rather he distilled from his experiences a collection of human universals.

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Nov 30, Valerie rated it it was ok Shelves: Oct 24, K. He was dismissed from his post right after the Fall of France in Mayas he was a known anti- Nazi. For me, it’s analogous to Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’.