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The Thought and Art of Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)

David P. Kinloch

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151838
eISBN:
9780191672859
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151838.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book rescues Joseph Joubert from the ranks of minor French moralistes, and, by tracing the development of his thought from his time as secretary to Diderot through to the period of his ... More


The Poetics of French Verse: Studies in Reading

Clive Scott

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159445
eISBN:
9780191673634
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159445.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, European Literature

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 17th century to the present. ... More


May ʼ68

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

Mallarmé underwent a crisis during (approximately) the two years which elapsed between his visit to Lefébure at Cannes (29 March–6 April 1866) and his letter to Lefébure of 3 May 1868 in which he ... More


Initiation and Communion

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

Mallarmé's early works are notable for the poet's concerted endeavour to learn his craft. Not for him the gush and turpitude of adolescent introspection, nor self-indulgent posturing before the ... More


Epilogue by Way of Pelléas et Mélisande

Steven Huebner

in French Opera at the Fin de Siecle

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189544
eISBN:
9780199868476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189544.003.0029
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This concluding chapter begins with a discussion of Stéphane Mallarmé's essay/prose poem, ‘Richard Wagner: RÊverie d'un poète français’. Mallarmé's essay resonates with his own thinking as well as ... More


Free Speech, Free Verse, and “Music before All Things”

Katherine Bergeron

in Voice Lessons: French Mélodie in the Belle Epoque

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195337051
eISBN:
9780199864201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337051.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter takes up French poets in the years around 1900, to reconsider their relationship to music and musicians. Through close readings of works by Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, and testimonies ... More


Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Roger Pearson

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

This book proposes new meanings in Mallarmé's poetry and seeks to promote the development of his poetic art as a successful search for linguistic and textual mastery. This development is ... More


Biography Reclaimed: Gautier, Verlaine, and Mallarmé and the Biographical recueil

Ann Jefferson

in Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199270842
eISBN:
9780191710292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter explores the transition from newspaper to book undergone by a number of biographical portraits, as they were collected in volume form. Writers, who were often the subject of biographical ... More


Hugo's Les Contemplations: Life, Death, and the Expansion of Poetry

Ann Jefferson

in Biography and the Question of Literature in France

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199270842
eISBN:
9780191710292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270842.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter offers an account of Les Contemplations in terms of the way that Hugo exploits a variety of different biographical models (memoir, diary) and also alternates between first- and ... More


The Scene of the (C)rime: ‘Sonnet allégorique de lui-même’ (1868)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

The obvious way to begin reading ‘Sonnet allégorique de lui-m ême’ is in terms of Mallarmé's own commentary. Many critics have thought that the scene which the poet describes in his letter to Cazalis ... More


Language-Anguish: ‘Ses purs ongles…’(1887)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

Between ‘Sonnet allégorique de lui-même’ and the publication of Banville's Petit Traité de poésie franfaise in 1872, Mallarmé wrote at least two further sonnets: ‘De l'orient passé des Temps’ (1868: ... More


Quartet: ‘Plusieurs Sonnets’ (?1868–1898)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

A fold, or ‘ptyx’, in a single sheet of paper is sufficient to create a minimalist book of four pages, and this ‘pliage’ is simulated both by the four stanzas of a single sonnet and by the ‘quartet’ ... More


The Stuff of Dreams: Three Versions of ‘Quelle soie aux baumes de temps’ (1868–1887)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

Mallarmé's apparent ‘return’ to poetry in the summer of 1868 after two years of crisis was marked not only by ‘Sonnet allégorique de lui-même’ but also by ‘De l'orient passé des Temps’, an ... More


Organ, Rose, Mandora: ‘Tout Orgueil fume-t-il du soir’, ‘Surgi de la croupe et du bond’, and ‘Une dentelle s'abolit’ (?1866–1887)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

The three octosyllabic sonnets which have come to be known as the ‘Triptyque’ first appeared in the Revue indépendant in January 1887 before being included in the Poésies published later that year. ... More


With the Eyes of Rhyme: ‘Prose (pour des Esseintes)’ (?1871–1885)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

First published in the Revue indépendant in January 1885, ‘Prose (pour des Esseintes)’, may date back to the early 1870s, but the appearance of Huysmans's A rebours in May 1884 was probably the ... More


The Song of the Siren: ‘A la nue accablante tu’ (1892–1894)

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

Mallarmé used the Shakespearean form and the heptasyllabic line exclusively when writing in or for particular ‘circonstances’: as a contribution to a private album, to celebrate a baptism, upon a ... More


‘Circonstances’

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

The obvious parallels with Igitur indicate that the central analogy between the poetic act and a throw of the dice dates back to the 1860s; and the desperate final hope that the poem may at least ... More


The Quest for Prosody

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

‘Un coup de Dés’ gives every appearance of having been composed at random, its text strewn across the page like dice along the baize, its words the flotsam from a shipwreck bobbing here and there on ... More


The Quest for Authority

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

It would be a mistake to think that ‘Un coup de Dés’ is simply about thought as the experience of mental wandering or that its main concern is to represent the way in which thought is composed of ... More


Conclusion

Roger Pearson

in Unfolding Mallarmé: The Development of a Poetic Art

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159179
eISBN:
9780191673535
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159179.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Poetry

Mallarmé was a fundamentalist. For him, a poet is a wordsmith, employing an everyday medium to transmute the hopes and fears of the human soul into a golden treasury of sound and meaning. ‘Religion’ ... More


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