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Ciaran Carson: In The Light Of


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Ciaran Carson Manus Carson1Ciaran Carson’s In the Light Of

(After Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud)

“The temptation with Rimbaud’s Illuminations, because the pieces are ostensibly in prose, is to render them more or less word for word, thus ignoring their music. But the more you examine them, and read the French aloud, you can see that the prose has metre, and occasional rhyme embedded in it. They are indeed prose poems; I think Rimbaud invented the genre. Any translations I had read seemed flat and inert to my ear, so I decided to rewrite them in the rhyming couplets of the classical French alexandrine. Without that constriction of form, I could get no angle of attack on the material. I wanted the dreamlike imagery to rhyme, chime, and echo: to make some kind of music to my ear.” — Ciaran Carson, in an interview with The Spectator  (To read the entire review, click thislink:

You can follow this link to listen to Carson read, “Fee,” “Fleurs,” and “Aube.”

“The varied textual history of Rimbaud’s Illuminations is testament to its nature as a timeless work, indicative of a text which is at once elusive yet all-encompassing, foreign yet familiar. Carson offers an exquisite contribution to the continuing evolution of this liminal text, with his distillation of the form to its essential parts, a triumphant feat of language and skilful style.” Lucy Hinnie, Tower Poetry [review of Irish edition]

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Publication date:

May 29, 2013