The Poetics of French Verse: Studies in Reading

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This book explores in depth the expressive resources peculiar to French verse, first through formal discussion of its poetics and then through thirteen detailed readings of texts from the seventeenth century to the present, including La Fontaine, Chénier, Vigny, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, Éluard, and Césaire. At the same time, it offers a reassessment of the nature of the reading process itself, especially as it relates to verse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198159445
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the Text
Introduction: About Reading 1
1 French Verse: Expressive Resources and Critical Issues 13
1.1 A Brief Background 13
1.2 Features of the Syllable 14
1.3 Features of Accent 25
1.4 Rhyme 48
1.5 Structural Properties of the Regular Line 57
1.6 Looking Back: Some Conclusions 65
1.7 Looking Forward: Vers Libre 73
2 The Reading of Verse 82
2.1 Verse as Communication 82
2.2 Verse as Meaning 87
2.3 The Phenomenology of Reading 89
2.4 Reading the Rhythm 93
2.5 Reading and the Temporality of Verse 97
2.6 Summary 101
3 Poetry and the Fixed 107
3.1 Introduction 107
3.2 'Sur la mort de son fils' 110
3.3 Rondels 121
4 Poetry and the Acoustic 132
4.1 Introduction 132
4.2 'Parfum exotique' 138
4.3 'Le Sylphe' 145
5 Poetry and the Graphic 152
5.1 Introduction 152
5.2 'Academie Medrano' 160
5.3 'Coeur couronne et miroir' 170
6 Poetry and the Rhythmic 182
6.1 Introduction 182
6.2 'Quand au mouton belant la sombre boucherie' 187
6.3 'Milly ou la terre natale' 196
6.4 'Larme' 206
7 Poetry and the Narrative 218
7.1 Introduction 218
7.2 'Le Loup devenu Berger' 224
7.3 'La Colere de Samson' 235
8 Poetry and the Free 252
8.1 Introduction 252
8.2 'Le Baiser' 256
8.3 'Ode a la Guinee' 268
Bibliographical References 281
Index 291
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