Boileau and the Nature of Neoclassicism by Gordon PocockBoileau and the Nature of Neoclassicism by Gordon Pocock

Boileau and the Nature of Neoclassicism

byGordon Pocock

Paperback | February 25, 2010

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Boileau has traditionally been regarded as the spokesman of French neo-classicism, but some elements of scholarship have discounted the importance of neo-classical doctrine in general and of Boileau's particular contribution to it. Many critical approaches have stressed instead the liveliness and wit of Boileau's poems, his love of language and his passionate temperament. Mr Pocock uses these critical approaches to demonstrate in detail how Boileau's verve, love of contrasts, and essentially dramatic imagination animate the major poems. But he also argues that such approaches do not in themselves suffice to explain Boileau's special qualities. Neo-classicism was an important element in the intellectual life of Europe in the most critical period of the decline of Christianity and the rise of rationalism and science. Mr Pocock proposes a reformulation of those views which take account not only of modern criticism but also of Boileau's commitment to neo-classicism and his embodiment of it in his work.
Title:Boileau and the Nature of NeoclassicismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.51 inPublished:February 25, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052113675X

ISBN - 13:9780521136754

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Table of Contents

1. Neo-classicism and Boileau; 2. Life and early works; 3. The harvest of satire; 4. The early Epistles; 5. A reading of L'Art Poétique (I); 6. A reading of L'Art Poétique (II); 7. The significance of L'Art Poétique; 8. Complexity and simplification; 9. Conclusions; Notes; Select bibliography; Key to translated passages; Index.