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Initially released in 1992, this bilingual anthology represents the energy, variety, and originality with which the Symbolist circulate was once grafted in Belgium. Cultivating an aesthetics of hallucination and spatial paradigms of the interior global, the fin de siècle Belgian poets reworked the canal towns and landscapes in their place of origin 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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AU: 8 lines retyped, missing from electronic file page 46 Donald Flanell Friedman: Belgian Symbolism, an Anthology page 47 Emile Verhaeren Les rivières, à travers leurs digues pourries, Se dégonflent sur les prairies, Où flotte au loin du foin noyé; Le vent gifle aulnes et noyers; Sinistrement, dans l’eau jusqu’à mi-corps, De grands boeufs noirs beuglent vers les cieux tors; Le soir approche, avec ses ombres, Dont les plaines et les taillis s’encombrent, Et c’est toujours la pluie La longue pluie Fine et dense, comme la suie.

Silence: c’est la voix qui se traîne . ” from Le Régne du Silence Silence: c’est la voix qui se traîne, un peu lasse, De la dame de mon Silence, à très doux pas Effeuillant les lis blancs de son teint dans la glace; Convalescent à peine, et qui voit tout là-bas Les arbres, les passants, des ponts, une rivière, Où cheminent de grands nuages de lumière, Mais qui, trop faible encore, est prise tout à coup D’un ennui de la vie et comme d’un dégoût Et,—plus subtile, étant malade,—mi-brisée, Dit: «Le bruit me fait mal; qu’on ferme la croisée .

And your nails will grow soft with boredom, Your forehead, like a tombstone, will dominate your dreams, And will become your obsession, in the mirrors, at night. To fly from yourself! —If you could! but no, the lassitude Of others, your own, will have bent your back So well, riveted your feet so well, that dullness Will dethrone your mind and will seal your bones with lead. Dazzling and clacking, the banners toward the battles, Your bloodless lip, alas, will never know them: Worn-out, your heart, your mournful heart, in disputes Over ancient texts, as if slashing away at a cloth.

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