The Life Significance of French Baroque Poetry

The Life Significance of French Baroque Poetry

by Marlies Kronegger
     
 

With baroque poets, the vocation of literature seems to be the exaltation of the elemental significance of life and of the human spirit. The tetrad pattern of the four elements - water, fire, air, and earth - provides their views of the cosmos as a whole, imprinting the elements' struggle with one another upon every level of creation. The four elements are the

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With baroque poets, the vocation of literature seems to be the exaltation of the elemental significance of life and of the human spirit. The tetrad pattern of the four elements - water, fire, air, and earth - provides their views of the cosmos as a whole, imprinting the elements' struggle with one another upon every level of creation. The four elements are the matrix of their relations to both themselves and a primordial Being. Their universe is in essence a universe of tension and uneasiness, for it is a universe of creation, revolt, and exaltation. Man does not simply submit to the forces of nature but is able by spiritual energy to regulate and control them.

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«Professor Marlies Kronegger's research is a serious and well documented study. Her work falls within the framework of the French Baroque which she thoroughly knows, and within the wide range of psychological tendencies which are necessary to evaluate the true human condition of the period and the significance of world harmony. These psychological trends explain both principles and resources of devotion; as a continuation of classical principles, her study reveals an original and convincing vision.» (Armand Beaulieu, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
«At the end of a passionate and not less fascinating multi-faceted study, M.E. Kronegger succeeds in convincing the reader that behind an ever-changing universe of forms and elements, there hides definitively the victory of the poetic Baroque mentality in reply to the dynamic life forces of both cosmos and human existence. New in methodology and stimulating in her conclusions, the new study of Kronegger lifts the veil on a primordial aspect of the French Baroque adventure. A precious book to explore the Age of Louis XIV ... and that of Saint-Amant.» (Jean Claude Vuillemin, Pennsylvania State University) «A lucid discussion of the great and fundamental issues of Baroque poetry.» (Anna Zaremba, Phenomenological inquiry)
«La méthode, résolument phénoménologique et herméneutique, appliquée par Mme Kronegger à la poésie baroque française, pratique littéraire et »mentalité«, nous permet de mieux sonder la profondeur spirituelle et le sérieux métaphysique d'une telle manière de sentir, de penser et de créer, trop souvent encore dévalorisée par rapport à l'idéal cassique.» (Serge Meitinger, Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820406398
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1988
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 2: Romance Languages and Literature, #81
Pages:
160

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