Poetry in France: Metamorphosis of a Muse

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First edition. xii+275 pages with index. Cloth. Fine in dustjacket. Concentrating on the changing nature and function of poetry in France from the High Middle Ages to the ... present, this work discusses subjects including the frontiers of prose and verse, the question of inspiration and imagination, and the figure of the poet as seer, clown, solitary explorer and educator. The book looks at the ambitions and achievements of poets, from anonymous authors of medieval lives of saints, to the works of contemporaries. All chapters are ordered chronologically and contain discussions of individual poems printed in French and in English translation. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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Although organised chronologically, POETRY IN FRANCE does not offer an analytical history of an entity that can be called 'French poetry'. Rather than presenting the story of a poetic tradition that starts with the Chanson de Roland and the troubadour poets and Passes via the Renaissance, Classicism and Romanticism to Baudelaire, Mallarme and twentieth-century poetry, the book describes a plurality of traditions: a history of discontinuities and conflicts, rejections and re-adoptions. Within such a rich plurality, the reader of this volume will discern recurrent threads of unifying concerns such as the debate over the frontiers of prose, song and verse and the question of whether the correct poetic language should be elevated and formal or democratically everyday. The nature of inspiration and the centrality of the imagination in poetic creation are also explored, along with a consideration of the figure of the poet - entertainer or educator, prophet or politician, 'maker' or madman. Discussions of the changing position of poetry in society are also included, as is the debate over the nature of a canon in literature. The result is not intended to be a formal set of views on poets or a chronological literary history, rather it is an exploration of the nature of poetry in France, a consideration of its changing conceptions, functions, and forms.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780748603350
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1992
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Legends Told in Song and Story 1
2 Troubadours, Trouveres, Poetes 14
3 Clowns and Chroniclers 30
4 Love-Poetry in the Age of Humanism 44
5 Poetry and Imagination in the Renaissance 61
6 The Poet as Self: Thought and Feeling in the Poetry of the 'Premier Dix-Septieme Siecle' 83
7 The Language of the Gods: Uses of Verse 1650-1800 106
8 The Poet as Teacher 122
9 The Romantic Renaissance 139
10 Visions and Voices: the Nature of Inspiration from Romanticism to the Birth of Surrealism 154
11 Poetry Dies Again 169
12 The Banality of Modernism: Order and Adventure in Twentieth-Century Poetry 184
13 High Formal Poetry 204
14 Surrealism: the Assault on Meaning and the Cult of the Image 219
15 Eleven Post-War Directions 236
Notes 255
Select Bibliography 268
Index 272
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