Reading the Rhythm: The Poetics of French Free Verse 1910-1930

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We are still a long way from knowing how to read the rhythms of free verse, a poetry which has been largely neglected by metrical theory. Clive Scott's readable and scholarly study indicates the strategies of reading needed in order to do justice to free verse's rhythmic versatility. The core of the book is an analysis of key twentieth-century poets and poems, including Perse's Éloges; Cendrars's Prose du Transsibérien, Dix-neuf poemes élastiques, and Documentaires; Apollinaire's Calligrammes; Supervielle's ...
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We are still a long way from knowing how to read the rhythms of free verse, a poetry which has been largely neglected by metrical theory. Clive Scott's readable and scholarly study indicates the strategies of reading needed in order to do justice to free verse's rhythmic versatility. The core of the book is an analysis of key twentieth-century poets and poems, including Perse's Éloges; Cendrars's Prose du Transsibérien, Dix-neuf poemes élastiques, and Documentaires; Apollinaire's Calligrammes; Supervielle's Gravitations; and Reverdy's Sources du vent. He also looks at contemporary trends in the visual arts--Cubism, Futurism, Orphism, photography--to illuminate free verse's perceptual models and discusses the theme of travel and movement.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198158820
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/16/1993
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on the Text
Prefatory Remarks 1
1 Introductory Reflections on Rhythm and Metre 3
2 Saint-John Perse, Eloges (1911): The Prosody of Boundary 25
3 Blaise Cendrars, Prose du Transsiberien et de la petite Jeanne de France (1913): The Prosody of Locomotion 57
4 Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligrammes (1918): The Prosody of the Visual 88
5 Blaise Cendrars, Dix-neuf poemes elastiques (1919): The Prosody of Orphism 121
6 Blaise Cendrars, Documentaires (1924): The Prosody of Photography 154
7 Jules Supervielle, Gravitations (1925/1932): The Prosody of Displacement 184
8 Pierre Reverdy, Sources du vent (1929): The Prosody of Cubism 216
Conclusion 247
App. I: Glossary of Technical Terms 256
App. II: Full Texts of Poems Analysed 262
Bibliographical References 276
Further Bibliography 282
Index 287
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