The Poetics of French Verse: Studies in Reading

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

byClive Scott

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This book explores the expressive resources peculiar to French verse, first through formal discussion of its poetics and then through detailed readings of texts from the seventeenth century to the present. At the same time, it offers a reassessment of the nature of the reading process itself,and makes a case for rescuing a sense of the complex modalities of language from the pressure to interpret. Reading is, above all, the experience of language, and of the self through language, and we should seek ways of preserving these kinds of experience, even though the conventions of criticaldiscourse militate against them. Part Two presents a sequence of thirteen readings (including texts by La Fontaine, Chenier, Vigny, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Apollinaire, Eluard, Cesaire). These readings are grouped according to a set of underlying preoccupations --- formal, acoustic, rhythmic,narratological, etc. --- and each group is prefaced by an introductory discussion of the particular aspect highlighted.

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This book explores the expressive resources peculiar to French verse, first through formal discussion of its poetics and then through detailed readings of texts from the seventeenth century to the present. At the same time, it offers a reassessment of the nature of the reading process itself,and makes a case for rescuing a sense of the...

Clive Scott is at University of East Anglia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198159447

ISBN - 13:9780198159445

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Note on the TextIntroduction: About ReadingPART I: THE POETICS OF FRENCH VERSE1. French Verse: Definitions and Critical Issues2. The Reading of VersePART II: STUDIES IN READING3. Poetry and the Fixed [Francois de Malherbe, `Sur la mort de son fils'; Stephane Mallarme, Rondels]4. Poetry and the Acoustic [Charles Baudelaire: `Parfum exotique'; Paul Valery, `Le Sylphe']5. Poetry and the Graphic [Blaise Cendrars, `Academie Medrano'; Guillaume Apollinaire, `Cur couronne et miroir']6. Poetry and the Rhythmic [Andre Chenier, `Quand au mouton belant 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 Colere de Samson']8. Poetry and the Free [Paul Eluard, `Le Baiser'; Aime Cesaire, `Ode a la Guinee']Bibliographical ReferencesIndex

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`This detailed inspection of the unique aspects of French verse is a valuable resource, providing the reader with a firm foundation for further study.'Susan F. Crampton, French Review