"Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War" by Guillaume Apollinaire: A Review
A fully annotated, bilingual edition, "Calligrammes" is a key work not only in Apollinaire's own development but in the evolution of modern French poetry. Apollinaire - Roman by birth, Polish by name (Wilhelm-Apollinaris de Kostrowitski), Parisian by choice - died at thirty-eight in 1918. Nevertheless, he became one of the leading figures in twentieth-century poetry, a transitional figure whose work at once echoes the Symbolists and anticipates the work of the Surrealists.
This is an authoritative and complete edition and will remain so for a long time to come. An excellent introduction to Apollinaire for new readers, and a complete reference for experts and specialists, this collection is a great way to familiarise yourself with this significant French poet.
Always a challenge, poetry translation requires a great deal of skill and creative insight. The translation here by Anne Hyde Greet and S.I. Lockerbie is beyond reproach and remains faithful to Apollinaire's original works, giving the English reader an excellent impression of his writing style. I recommend this edition of "Calligrammes" for anyone with an interest in French poetry.