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Charms

and Other Pieces

Paul Valery

Translated by Peter Dale

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 98 3
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: August 2007
216 x 138 x 17 mm
192 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Paul Valéry’s most celebrated collection Charmes was first published in 1922. It contains several of his most famous poems, including ‘Ébauche d’un serpent’ and ‘Le cimetière marin’ – in Yvor Winters’ view ‘the two greatest short poems ever written.’ The collection as a whole has achieved classic status as the finest work by the finest modern French poet. Here it is helpfully introduced and discussed by Peter Dale who has also appended some early poems, and one much later piece, of related interest.

    Peter Dale has been working on his translations of Valéry for some thirty years. As ever, he takes the hardest – and for the reader, most rewarding – route in making versions with corresponding rhyme and metre. The result is a fresh view of an intriguing poet, somewhat neglected but now revived in English.

    Paul Valery
    Paul Valéry, poet, essayist and leading figure in French intellectual life, was born in 1871. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1925. During the Second World War he refused to collaborate with the Vichy régime. He died in Paris in July 1945 and was buried with national mourning ... 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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