André Chénier
Poetry and Revolution 1792-1794
A Bilingual Edition of the Last Poems with New Translations

David McCallam

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26 July 2021  •  156pp

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Widely regarded as the greatest French poet of the eighteenth century, André Chénier (1762-1794) wrote some of his most scintillating, original verse in the looming shadow of the guillotine. Neither the ‘last Classic’ nor the ‘first Romantic’ of post-revolutionary legend, here is Chénier speaking from his own visceral, personal engagement in the Revolution that would take his life. The chief innovation of this edition of his last poems is to use translation as both critical tool and creative practice to open up these important texts to alternative readings. Chénier is a revolutionary poet in every sense of the term. These translations allow us to seize this truth afresh.

David McCallam is Reader in French Eighteenth-Century Studies in the University of Sheffield, UK.

Reviews:

  • ‘What quickly becomes clear is the scholar’s own passionate devotion to the poet, but also his fascination for the terrible narrowing vortex of his life, caught in the teeth of a particular moment, in the machinery of the historical circumstance.’ — Stephen Romer, Modern Language Review 119.2, 2024, 270-71 (full text online)

Contents:

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Introduction
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Hymne Sur L’entrée Triomphale Des Suisses Révoltés Du Régiment De Châteauvieux, Fêtés À Paris Sur Une Motion De Collot-D’herbois
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‘Sa langue est un fer chaud’
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36-36
Fille du vieux pasteur
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Sur la mort d’un enfant
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Mai de moins de roses
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Fanny, l’heureux mortel qui près de toi respire
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A Marie-Anne-Charlotte Corday
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46-47
Fragment: Épilogue d’Hermès
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Fragment: Un vulgaire assassin va chercher les ténèbres
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50-51
A Byzance
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52-55
A Versailles
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56-59
Voûtes du Panthéon
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O mon esprit, au sein des cieux
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On dit que le dédain froid et silencieux
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Vingt barques, faux tissus de planches fugitives
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La Jeune Captive
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Ils vivent cependant et de tant de victimes
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J’ai lu qu’un batelier
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Mon frère, que jamais la tristesse importune
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On vit; on vit infâme
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Quand au mouton bêlant la sombre boucherie
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Comme un dernier rayon
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87-113
Glossary of Names and Places
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114-136
Biography of André Chénier / Chronology of Revolutionary France
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137-138
Suggestions For Use of Chénier’s Poems in the Classroom
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Select Bibliography
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Index
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Bibliography entry:

McCallam, David, André Chénier: Poetry and Revolution 1792-1794, Transcript, 24 (Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 André Chénier: Poetry and Revolution 1792-1794, david McCallam, Transcript, 24 (Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 McCallam, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

McCallam, David. 2021. André Chénier: Poetry and Revolution 1792-1794, Transcript, 24 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (McCallam 2021: 21).

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