Unfolding Mallarme: The Development of a Poetic Art

Hardcover | January 1, 1997

byRoger Pearson

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Unfolding Mallarme proposes new meanings in Mallarme's poetry and seeks to promote the development of his poetic art as a successful search for linguistic and textual mastery. This development is systematically traced from Mallarme's earliest verse through to `Un coup de Des', the radicallyinnovative poem which was about to be published in a fine-art edition at the time of his untimely death in 1898. In a series of close readings, Roger Pearson examines Mallarme's poetic output up to and including the central `Sonnet en yx', which is discussed both in its earliest version and within the context of `Plusieurs sonnets'. These readings are followed by analyses of other major sonnets, of `Prose(pour des Esseintes)', and of `Un coup de Des' itself. The `profound calculation' on which Mallarme claimed to have based this seemingly random text is here unfolded in all its structural and semantic complexity.

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Unfolding Mallarme proposes new meanings in Mallarme's poetry and seeks to promote the development of his poetic art as a successful search for linguistic and textual mastery. This development is systematically traced from Mallarme's earliest verse through to `Un coup de Des', the radicallyinnovative poem which was about to be publish...

Roger Pearson is at Queen's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019815917X

ISBN - 13:9780198159179

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`Detailed scrutiny of individual poems... produces some excellent insights.'Anne Green, French Studies Vol.LIV No.1