Wednesday, November 17, 2010


"Chantre" (Cantor) is a one-line poem by Guillaume Apollinaire.

The poem is part of the volume Alcohols; it makes for an interesting poetic counterpoint inside the expanse of a page.

 "Chantre" (Cantor) is also one of the shortest poems in French.

Here is its translation:


And the singular string of marine trumpets


Et l'unique cordeau des trompettes marines  


John Hayes said...

It's such a beautiful poem & so difficult to translate. I had a go at it too, over on my Alcools blog. I like "singular" in your translation very much. In a poem like this every word really counts!

Irina said...

Thanks for stopping by John...congrats on the wonderful accomplishment of your book!

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