Dec 12, “The latest scholar to argue for our renewed attention to [Stéphane Mallarmé’s ” Un Coup De Des Jamais N’abolira Le Hasard” (One Toss of the. “Toute revolution est un coup de dés,” Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub ( ): assigns the words of the poem to nine different speakers, separating each . Jun 1, IT WAS PERHAPS the greatest literary gamble of its time — the publication of Stéphane Mallarmé’s revolutionary poem, Un Coup de dés.

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Its intimate combination of free verse and unusual typographic layout anticipated the 20th century interest in graphic design and concrete poetry. Since then, generations of readers, scholars, and translators have also tried their luck at this most modern of Modernist poems.

The paper intervenes each time as an image, of itself, ends or begins once more, accepting a succession of others, and, since, as ever, it does nothing, of regular sonorous lines or verse — rather prismatic subdivisions of the Idea, the instant they appear, and as long as they last, in some precise intellectual performance, that is in variable positions, nearer to or further from the implicit guiding thread, because of the verisimilitude the text imposes.

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An exegesis New York: Another innovation in this Wave Books edition is the use of illustrations. The poem has influenced many later experiments in the graphic design of free verse texts.

Imagination flowers and vanishes, swiftly, following the flow of the writing, round the fragmentary stations of a capitalised phrase introduced by and extended from the title. Oxford University Press,xxxi. Marcel Broodthaer’s version Each pair of consecutive facing pages is to be read as a single panel; the text flows back and forth across the two pages, along irregular lines.


The poem is strange enough as it is. The sentence that names the poem is split into three parts, printed in large capital letters on panels 1, 6, and 8.

Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literaturetrans. Retrieved from ” https: To take advantage of all LARB has to offer, please create an account or log in before joining Gordon Millan, A Throw of the Dice: Selected Poems Translated by A.

Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, The genre, which is becoming one, like the symphony, little by little, alongside personal poetry, leaves intact the older verse; for which I maintain my worship, and to which I attribute the empire of passion and dreams, though this may be the preferred means as follows of dealing with subjects of pure and complex imagination or intellect: University of Nebraska Press, Note that a constellation is a chance arbitrary visual formation of often widely disparate stars, delineated and designated purely by the human mind.

The poem contains symbolist, impressionistic, and proto-surrealist themes, the various linguistic threads being emphasized by changes in font size.

Chicago University Press, The title occupies nine open-faced pages, with one word or phrase on each spread: AS IF A simple insinuation into silence, entwined with irony, or the mystery hurled, howled, in some close swirl of mirth and terror, whirls round the abyss without scattering or dispersing and cradles the virgin ma,larme there AS IF.

Jacques Derrida, Disseminationtrans. This work may be freely reproduced, stored, and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose.

Their meeting takes place under an influence, alien I know, that of Music heard in concert; one finds there several techniques that seem to me to belong to Literature, I reclaim them. Johns Hopkins University Press, Views Read Edit View history.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Stanford University Press, The French text displayed here is as close as I could achieve to that printed in the edition of Julywhich produced a definitive version superseding mallarms original publication of Your tax-deductible donation made to LARB ccoup Only certain very bold instructions of mine, encroachments etc.


Their meeting takes place under an influence, alien I know, that of Music heard in concert; one finds there several techniques that seem to me to belong to Literature, I reclaim them.

For the next step, you’ll be taken to a website to complete the donation and enter your billing information. Daisy Aldan New York: I will have shown, in the Poem below, more than a sketch, a ‘state’ which yet does not entirely break with tradition; will have furthered its presentation in many ways too, without offending anyone; sufficing to open a few eyes.

This applies to the printing specifically: Angel Flores New York: Selected Poems Translated by A.

Stéphane Mallarmé

The compressed and punctuated translation is offered as an aid to grasping the poem as a whole, in a swift reading. His use of complex syntax, and subtle turns of phrase, often mallame his verse seem more abstruse than its content indicates, revealing as it does a relatively narrow though sophisticated world, predominantly literary and philosophical in nature.

The poem is spread over 20 pages, in various typefacesamidst liberal amounts of blank space. Part of the charm of his poetry is his ability to create a rich and detailed edifice from the simplest of ideas, objects, or occasions. After some deliberation, the editorial board decided to publish the poem — with the stipulation that it be accompanied by a prefatory note to explain the peculiar form of the work.