Bloodaxe Contemporary French Poets: 7
Translated by Keith Bosley (Bilingual edition).
"This book uses the city of Rome as a focus for an impassioned meditation on culture and barbarism, faiths and revolts, cruelties and aspirations."
First known for his war-time poems written from a German labour camp - notably his sombre reworkings of the myth of the Magi - AndrÈ FrÈnaud (1907-1993) is one of the most searching of French poets. His work is structured by a sense of quest, which gives it its labyrinthine patterns, underground tensions and fractured, inventive forms. His poetry has an epic and tragic dimension: spurred by an urge for transcendence, it refuses false paradises, arrivals and notions of reconciliation.