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Wry-blue Loves

Tristan Corbiere

Translated by Peter Dale

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 77 8
Series: Poetica
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: June 2005
216 x 138 x 35 mm
480 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • The chronically invalid son of a robust sea-captain and novelist father, Tristan Corbière (1845–75) published one book of verse and was virtually unheard of in his lifetime. He is an informal formalist, delighting in clashing registers of diction and outrageous puns. With pervasive self-mocking humour, his poems combine a hopeless love, a grounded sea-fever, a ferocious ironic compassion and a savage sympathy with dogs and underdogs. As Peter Dale writes in his introduction: ‘Above all, he is his own man, able to resist the blandishments of literary theory, social expectations, and the mollifications of religion.’ The book contains the entire Les Amours jaunes and a selection of Corbière’s uncollected poems.

    Tristan Corbiere
    Tristan Corbiere was born in 1845 in Finistere, the son of a writer of sea stories. Named Edouard after his father, he later gave himself the name Tristan, in a conscious reference to the names mythic associations. Although his early childhood was happy, he was lonely at school and suffered ill-health ... read more
    Peter Dale
    Peter Dale was born in Addleston, Surrey in 1938 and educated at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He worked as a secondary school teacher before becoming a freelance writer in 1993. He was co-editor of the poetry journal Agenda for many years. He is renowned for his translations from French (Corbière, Laforgue, ... read more
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