By Donald Flanell Friedman, Donald Flanell Friedman
Initially released in 1992, this bilingual anthology represents the power, range, and originality with which the Symbolist circulate was once grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the interior international, the fin de siècle Belgian poets reworked the canal towns and landscapes in their fatherland into lasting magnets of the mind's eye. The Belgian Symbolist poems are vessels of passage to visionary geographical regions, demonstrating the permeability of internal and outer truth
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The poet’s orb, the moon in “Tenebrae,” is cyclopean, “a chilling eye,” presiding over a frozen landscape of inanition. Throughout the Black Trilogy, the poet’s interior wound is mirrored in funereal landscapes of dullness, putrefaction, or deranged fury. With the combination of minute observation and subjective distortion which typiﬁes Belgian Symbolism, the world is molded and made to conform to the poet’s unﬂinching, nihilistic vision. Though concentrated in the Black Trilogy, it is important to note that this dark phase of Verhaeren’s creation is not delimited.
Cage d’os pour les ﬁèvres Et leurs ongles de bois heurtant leurs fronts ardents, Et leur hargne des yeux et leur minceur de lèvres Et comme un sable amer, toujours, entre leurs dents. Et le regret les prend et le désir posthume: «De s’en aller revivre en un monde nouveau «Dont le couchant, pareil à un trépied qui fume, «Dresse le Dieu d’ébène et d’os en leur cerveau. » 43 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology 44 an anthology of belgian symbolist poets Sallow and alone, they are the tragic ill, Made keen by all their pain.
Now and again, however, something strays in the water, Circulates, unfolds itself, or moves obliquely; The water contracts in a luminous shivering, which breaks Into dying spasms of light, found in a diamond; A dark ﬁsh undulates; grass, dressed in mourning, stirs; page 16 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology page 17 Georges Rodenbach Et, dans l’obscurité, les ﬂeurs sont comme absentes; Les bronzes nus ont des gestes découragés; Les vieux portraits d’aïeuls, ceux des aïeules feues, S’assombrissent, ont des visages plus âgés, Et du crêpe a couvert leurs fanfreluches bleues.
An anthology of Belgian symbolist poets by Donald Flanell Friedman, Donald Flanell Friedman