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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"This thought-provoking and closely argued work should be in the French collection of any serious college-level library."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198159445
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • 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. French Verse: Definitions and Critical Issues
2. The Reading of Verse
3. Poetry and the Fixed [François de Malherbe, 'Sur la mort de son fils'; Stéphane Mallarmé, Rondels]
4. Poetry and the Acoustic [Charles Baudelaire: 'Parfum exotique'; Paul Valéry, 'Le Sylphe']
5. Poetry and the Graphic [Blaise Cendrars, 'Académie Médrano'; Guillaume Apollinaire, 'Cur couronne et miroir']
6. Poetry and the Rhythmic [André Chénier, 'Quand au mouton bêlant la sombre boucherie'; Alphonse de Lamartine, 'Milly ou la terre natale'; Arthur Rimbaud, 'Larme']
7. Poetry and the Narrative [Jean de La Fontaine, 'Le Loup devenu Berger'; Alfred de Vigny, 'La Colère de Samson']
8. Poetry and the Free [Paul Éluard, 'Le Baiser'; Aimé Césaire, 'Ode à la Guinée']
Bibliographical References

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