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From the time he was a young man, Paul Claudel was fascinated by Asian cultures. The poet, playwright, and literary critic entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat to China and Japan while in his mid-twenties. He spent 18 years between 1895 and 1927 as a tireless observer of both countries' nature, customs, and art. One result is this beautifully-written volume of 61 prose poems Claudel composed over the course of a decade. They have been artfully translated from the French by poet and scholar James Lawler.

Lawler provides the most crisp and accurate translation now available of Claudel's work, which was first collected in a single volume and published in France in 1907. Included are notes on the poems as well as a biographical note on the poet. Lawler presents the author as a gifted observer who discovered himself in his experience of the East. Claudel felt that, without realizing it, he had been destined to encounter this exotic new world. "There are countries we accept," he wrote, "that we marry and straightaway adopt as we do a woman, as if they had been made for us and we for them."

Informed in part by a religious epiphany that Claudel experienced in his youth, Knowing the East reflects the author's passion for the natural and spiritual worlds. He writes of topics as diverse as coconut palms, banyans, Japanese pines; the Yang-tse; Confucian, Buddhist, and Shinto temples and tombs; hermitages, festivals for the dead, rice-harvests and torrential rain. Filled with resonant images, Knowing the East is a feast for the senses--and a book to be savored again and again.

Review:

?The tone of breathless effusion is that of the true symbolist and in this collection we are given a perfect example of that sententious but tentative manner.? Donald Richie, The Japan Times

Synopsis:

"I currently know of no individual work of French literature that has been proposed of such splendor, such importance, and such (scholarly) authority. This is a permanent gem."--Richard Howard, Columbia University

Synopsis:

From the time he was a young man, Paul Claudel was fascinated by Asian cultures. The poet, playwright, and literary critic entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat to China and Japan while in his mid-twenties. He spent 18 years between 1895 and 1927 as a tireless observer of both countries' nature, customs, and art. One result is this beautifully-written volume of 61 prose poems Claudel composed over the course of a decade. They have been artfully translated from the French by poet and scholar James Lawler.

Lawler provides the most crisp and accurate translation now available of Claudel's work, which was first collected in a single volume and published in France in 1907. Included are notes on the poems as well as a biographical note on the poet. Lawler presents the author as a gifted observer who discovered himself in his experience of the East. Claudel felt that, without realizing it, he had been destined to encounter this exotic new world. "There are countries we accept," he wrote, "that we marry and straightaway adopt as we do a woman, as if they had been made for us and we for them."

Informed in part by a religious epiphany that Claudel experienced in his youth, Knowing the East reflects the author's passion for the natural and spiritual worlds. He writes of topics as diverse as coconut palms, banyans, Japanese pines; the Yang-tse; Confucian, Buddhist, and Shinto temples and tombs; hermitages, festivals for the dead, rice-harvests and torrential rain. Filled with resonant images, Knowing the East is a feast for the senses--and a book to be savored again and again.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Biographical Notes xxv

Note on the Text xxix

1895-1900

The Coconut Palm 3

Pagoda 5

The City at Night 9

Gardens 12

The Feast of the Dead in the Seventh Month 15

Sea Thoughts 17

Cities 18

Theater 19

Graves--Noises 21

The Entrance to the Earth 24

Religion of the Sign 26

The Banyan 29

Toward the Mountain 30

The Upper Sea 32

The Temple of Consciousness 33

October 34

November 35

Painting 37

The Contemplative 38

December 39

Storm 40

The Pig 41

Drifting 42

Doors 44

The River 46

Rain 48

Night on the Verandah 49

The Moon's Splendor 50

Dreams 51

Heat 53

Considering the City 54

Going down the River 55

The Bell 56

The Tomb 58

The Sadness of Water 61

Sailing by Night 62

Halt on the Canal 63

The Pine Tree 66

The Golden Ark in the Forest 69

The Wanderer 72

Here and There 74

The Sedentary 80

The Land Viewed from the Sea 82

Salutation 83

The Suspended House 85

The Spring 86

Noon Tide 88

Peril of the Sea 90

A Proposition on Light 92

Hours in the Garden 94

Concerning the Brain 97

Leaving the Land 99

1900-1905

The Lamp and the Bell 103

The Deliverance of Amaterasu 105

Visit 110

Rice 111

The Full Stop 112

Libation to the Coming Day 113

The Day of the Feast-of-All-Rivers 114

The Yellow Hour 116

Dissolution 117

Notes on the Poems 119

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691119021
Translator:
Lawler, James
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Translator:
Lawler, James
Author:
A P.
Author:
ul Claudel
Author:
Claudel, Paul
Author:
Lawler, James R.
Location:
Princeton, NJ
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
World History/Comparative History
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
World History / Com
Subject:
parative History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Lockert library of poetry in translation
Series Volume:
no. 26
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 oz

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"Review" by , ?The tone of breathless effusion is that of the true symbolist and in this collection we are given a perfect example of that sententious but tentative manner.?
"Synopsis" by , "I currently know of no individual work of French literature that has been proposed of such splendor, such importance, and such (scholarly) authority. This is a permanent gem."--Richard Howard, Columbia University
"Synopsis" by , From the time he was a young man, Paul Claudel was fascinated by Asian cultures. The poet, playwright, and literary critic entered the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat to China and Japan while in his mid-twenties. He spent 18 years between 1895 and 1927 as a tireless observer of both countries' nature, customs, and art. One result is this beautifully-written volume of 61 prose poems Claudel composed over the course of a decade. They have been artfully translated from the French by poet and scholar James Lawler.

Lawler provides the most crisp and accurate translation now available of Claudel's work, which was first collected in a single volume and published in France in 1907. Included are notes on the poems as well as a biographical note on the poet. Lawler presents the author as a gifted observer who discovered himself in his experience of the East. Claudel felt that, without realizing it, he had been destined to encounter this exotic new world. "There are countries we accept," he wrote, "that we marry and straightaway adopt as we do a woman, as if they had been made for us and we for them."

Informed in part by a religious epiphany that Claudel experienced in his youth, Knowing the East reflects the author's passion for the natural and spiritual worlds. He writes of topics as diverse as coconut palms, banyans, Japanese pines; the Yang-tse; Confucian, Buddhist, and Shinto temples and tombs; hermitages, festivals for the dead, rice-harvests and torrential rain. Filled with resonant images, Knowing the East is a feast for the senses--and a book to be savored again and again.

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