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Overview

The Cambridge Introduction to French Poetry is the most comprehensive survey of French poetry available. The poets discussed - all quoted in the original, followed by an English translation - belong to every period from the eleventh century to the present, and include Francophone authors from areas other than France. The goals of this Introduction are to provide tools for the analysis of French poems, while assessing ever-changing distinctions and hierarchies between verse and prose, forms and genres, and levels of style; and to give a sense of French poetry's endless quest for self-definition, by examining its ambivalent relations with political realities, philosophical ideas, and the achievements of other arts. Accessible, wide-ranging and designed specifically for use in courses, this Introduction contains a useful glossary of poetic terms, and will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike.
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"[W]hat Professor Shaw has accomplished here is to give students more than enough poetic food for thought, and teachers tools to be taught." Nineteenth-Century French Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004855
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/8/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lewis Shaw is Associate Professor of French at Rutgers University. She is the author of Performance in the Texts of Mallarmé: The Passage from Art to Ritual (1993).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Prologue: French poetry? 1
Ch. 1 Verse and prose 7
Ch. 2 Forms and genres 38
Ch. 3 Words and figures 71
Ch. 4 Poetry and politics 105
Ch. 5 Poetry and philosophy 141
Epilogue: Poetry and other arts 176
Notes 192
Glossary 207
Bibliography 213
Index of notions 219
Index of names 223
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