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Valéry’s Graveyard

«Le Cimetière marin» - Translated, Described, and Peopled


Hugh P. McGrath and Michael Comenetz

Valéry’s Graveyard is in two parts. The first part presents the French text of Paul Valéry’s poem Le Cimetière marin (The Graveyard by the Sea) and a facing English translation, followed by a descriptive account of the poem that sets out its main structural and dynamic features and traces its narrative. The second part consists of nine short chapters on selected themes of the poem in their relation to the poet’s thought, including certain of his scientific concerns, and to literature ancient and modern.
Le Cimetière marin is one of the most celebrated works of poetry of the last hundred years, widely recognized as distinguished for beauty of form and wealth of meaning. On the basis of the French text and a translation that is at once accurate and poetical, this book provides an introduction to the poem, and thereby to the complex intellectual world of Valéry. It exhibits the depth and breadth both of the poem and of the poet’s thought.
A valuable resource for scholars, Valéry’s Graveyard is accessible to all serious readers. As it does not require a knowledge of French, the book is suitable for study in any course on modern literature.


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Book series LCL Loeb Classical Library (Cambridge: Harvard University Press) Pléiade Bibliothèque de la Pléiade (Paris: Gallimard) Collected works of Paul Valéry C Cahiers, ed. Judith Robinson, 2 vols. (Pléiade, 1973–1974) C (CNRS) Cahiers, in facsimile, 29 vols. (Paris: Centre Natio- nal de la Recherche Scientifique, 1957–1961) Œ Œuvres, ed. Jean Hytier, 2 vols. (Pléiade, 1957– 1960) Other works For information on editions, see the bibliography. Aeneid Virgil, Aeneid Les Amours jaunes Tristan Corbière, Les Amours jaunes Apollodorus Apollodorus, The Library Diodorus Siculus Diodorus Siculus, The Library of History Les Fleurs du mal Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal (2nd edition) Gantz Timothy Gantz, Early Greek Myth: A Guide to Literary and Artistic Sources Georgics Virgil, Georgics Hamlet Shakespeare, Hamlet Hegel, Preface G. W. F. Hegel, Preface to Phenomenology of Spirit (cited by page number of the Philosophische Bibliothek edition, with the Oxford paragraph number in parentheses) Heraclitus Heraclitus, Fragments (Diels-Kranz numbering) Iliad Homer, Iliad, with the Murray/Wyatt translation xii Abbreviations Inferno Dante, Inferno, with the Singleton translation La Légende des siècles Victor Hugo, La Légende des siècles (The Legend of the Ages) Lucretius Lucretius, De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things), with the Rouse/Smith translation when so noted Macbeth Shakespeare, Macbeth Metamorphoses Ovid, Metamorphoses Metaphysics Aristotle, Metaphysics Montaigne Michel de Montaigne, Essais (Essays), with the Frame translation when so noted (cited by book and essay number, title in parentheses, and Pléiade page number, with the...

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