Stéphane Mallarmé

(1842-1898 / France)

Stéphane Mallarmé Quotes

  • ''Alas, the flesh is weary, and I've read all the books.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. Poésies (1887). Brise Marine, st. 1, Mallarmé: The Poems, trans. by and ed. Keith Bosley (1977).
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  • ''Every soul is a melody which needs renewing.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. La Revue Blanche (Paris, Sept. 1895). Variations on a Subject, "Verse Crisis," Complete Works (1945).
  • ''Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. (Originally published 1886-1896). Variations on a Subject, "As to the Book: The Book, a Spiritual Instrument," Mallarmé: The Poems, trans. by and ed. Keith Bosley (1977).
  • ''The poetic act consists of suddenly seeing that an idea splits up into a number of equal motifs and of grouping them; they rhyme.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French Symbolist poet. repr. In Mallarmé: The Poems, ed. and trans. by Keith Bosley (1977). Variations sur un sujet, "Crise de Vers," La Revue Blanche (Paris, September 1895).
  • ''The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, who hands over to the words.''
    Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), French symbolist poet. repr. In Mallarmé: The Poems, ed. and trans. by Keith Bosley (1977). Variations sur un Sujet, "Crise de Vers" in La Revue Blanche (Paris, September 1895).

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A Negress

Possessed by a demon a negress
Wants to taste a girl-child saddened by new fruits
Unlawful ones too under the ragged dress,
This glutton’s ready to try a trick or two:

To her belly she mates two fortunate tits
And, so high no hand will know how to seize her,
Thrusts the dark shock of her booted legs
Just like a tongue unskilled in pleasure.

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