The Act and the Place of Poetry: Selected Essays

The Act and the Place of Poetry: Selected Essays

by Yves Bonnefoy
     
 


The only collection of Yves Bonnefoy's criticism in English, this volume offers a coherent statement of poetic philosophy and intent—a clear expression of the values and convictions of the French poet whom many critics regard as the most important and influential of our time. The Introduction touches on many of the essays' concerns, including Bonnefoy's… See more details below

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The only collection of Yves Bonnefoy's criticism in English, this volume offers a coherent statement of poetic philosophy and intent—a clear expression of the values and convictions of the French poet whom many critics regard as the most important and influential of our time. The Introduction touches on many of the essays' concerns, including Bonnefoy's recourse to moral and religious categories, his particular use of Saussure's distinction between langue and parole, his early fascination with Surrealism, and his view of translation as "a metaphysical and moral experiment." The essays, published over a nearly thirty-year span, respond to one another, the more recent pieces taking up for renewed consideration ideas developed in earlier meditations, thereby providing the volume with integrity and completeness. Among the subjects addressed in these essays are the French poetic tradition, the art of translation, and the works of Shakespeare, of which Bonnefoy is the preeminent French translator.

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The first poet since Paul Valery to be elected to the College de France, Bonnefoy is finding growing recognition in America. This is a selection of Bonnefoy's essays, a lecture, and an interview. An introduction by Naughton (Romance languages, Colgate) touches on many of the essays' concerns. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780226064499
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Series:
American Politics and Political Economy Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.87(d)

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