Monday, December 12, 2005

l'esprit nouveau

This comes from the 1917 essay, The New Spirit and the Poets
(L'Esprit Nouveau et les Poëtes)

It would be strange, during an epoch when the absolutely most popular artform, cinema, is a picture-book, if the poets did not try to create images for the thoughtful and more sophisticated souls, who will not be content with the filmmakers' clumsy imagination. The movies will get more sophisticated, and one can foresee the day when the phonograph and the cinema will be the only recording techniques in use, and poets may revel in a liberty hitherto unknown.

Its author was the French, Italian, Polish poet, Guillaume Apollinaire

He too, was never quite sure of his identity.

So where are the poets?
And where is the liberty?

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