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Vers Libre: The Emergence of Free Verse in France 1886-1914

Clive Scott


The prosodic description of free verse, in France as elsewhere, has long been fraught with difficulty: free verse is a web of shifting rhythmic effects, as relative as they are elusive. This book attempts to construct methods of analysis, on the basis of a study of the history and theory of free verse in France. After an initial exploration of the scansion problems posed by a free-verse poem (by Alain Fournier), and of the assumptions which might be made about its nature, this book looks for answers and verifications in the history of free verse's early years and in contemporary theoretical do ... More

Keywords: free verse, France, rhythmic effects, scansion problems, poem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151593.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Scott, author
University of East Anglia